They're more what you'd call ... guidelines.
The jury has recommended that the mass murderer of Fort Hood receive the death penalty.
Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) -- A military jury on Wednesday recommended the death penalty for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, for the 2009 massacre on post that left 13 people dead and 32 others wounded.
The 13-member panel spent less than two hours deliberating privately, and the president -- or forewoman-- announced the finding in open court with a clear voice, that Hasan "be put to death."
I'm wondering if the jury's recommendation carries the same weight as Capt. Barbossa's pirate's code "guidelines" in Pirates of the Caribbean. In any event, this sonofabitch may outlive most of us during the appeal process.
The convicted killer said nothing as the decision was announced, and had appeared emotionless earlier in the morning when dramatic closing arguments in the sentencing phase were held without his participation.