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Beard would bar Fort Hood suspect from courtroom

Published: Mon, June 18, 2012 @ 5:18 p.m.

Beard would bar Fort Hood suspect from courtroom

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A military judge says the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will watch his next hearing on closed-circuit television if he hasn’t shaved his new beard.

Maj. Nidal Hasan’s hearing was rescheduled for Tuesday after being delayed earlier this month when he appeared in court wearing the beard he’s grown in jail. Military officials aren’t saying if he’s since shaved. Growing a beard is a violation of Army regulations.

Hasan’s attorneys have said they’d seek an exception to the Army’s rule on religious grounds. Hasan is Muslim.

The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, is to consider several motions Tuesday, including whether to delay Hasan’s trial from August until December.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the shooting that killed 13 on the Texas Army post.


1BridgeGuy37(23 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

This lowlife piece of garbage should be hung immediately. There should be no "religious rights" or exception to military rule extended. Furthermore, whomever is reporting on this story should not be using Hasan's former rank to address him as this is an earned privelage of the United States Military. He should be addressed as lower than a common civilian and as a terrorist. But then again, terrorists, "homegrown" or otherwise, have more rights and liberties granted than common criminals or law abiding citizens for that matter. Hang him with pig's tails and drape his corpse with the carcass. Allow him a barbaric ending much as he did to those men and women at Ft. Hood. Coward.

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