Good. Enough of this nonsense. Let's hope it's not the only thing forced on jihad Hasan. Perhaps the other inmates can think of something else — although a firing squad would be enough for me.
Next thing you know he'll be suing for prayer rugs and the right to pray (and plan) with other devout Muslims.
The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood
shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said
Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the
November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard
prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming
regulations. He was convicted of all charges last month at his
court-martial at the Central Texas Army post and sentenced to death.
Now, Hasan is an inmate at the U.S. Detention Barracks at Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., home to the military death row. Lt. Col. S. Justin
Platt, an Army spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday that Hasan had
been shaved. He did not specify when or provide details, however.
Officials at Fort Leavenworth previously had said Hasan would be subject to Army regulations.
Hasan dispensed with all criminal defense counsel and represented
himself during his trial. A message left with John Galligan, Hasan's
first criminal defense attorney who still represents him in civil
matters, was not returned.
Hasan said he grew the beard because his Muslim faith required it
was not meant as a show of disrespect. However, Col. Gregory Gross, the
original judge presiding over Hasan's court-martial, ordered Hasan to
be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his trial.
The dispute over that decision led to appeals that delayed the trial
by more than three months before the appeals court ousted the judge. The
appeals court ruled that Gross did not appear impartial while presiding
over Hasan's case and that the command, not a judge, is responsible for
enforcing military grooming standards.
Col. Tara Osborn, assigned to replace Gross as the judge presiding
over the case, allowed Hasan to keep the beard for the course of the
trial last month. However, she warned that although she would not hold
the breach of grooming regulations against the 42-year-old American-born
Muslim, the military jurors might.
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