Appeals court halts Hasan case over beard
August 15th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

Appeals court halts Hasan case over beard

From Jennifer Rizzo

A military appeals court halted the murder case against Maj. Nidal Hasan on Wednesday over a judge's threat to shave the beard the Army psychiatrist grew while awaiting trial in the 2009 Fort Hood killings.

Hasan's court-martial had been scheduled to start Monday at Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas, where he is accused of killing 13 people and wounding another 32. The presiding judge, Col. Gregory Gross, had threatened to have him forcibly shaved unless he got rid of the beard, which is against Army regulations.

Wednesday's order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces now means the trial date is unknown. Gross has until August 22 to respond to the appeals court.

Hasan had been expected to enter a plea during a Wednesday hearing, but the proceedings were halted by the appellate court, . Hasan has previously expressed interest in pleading guilty, but military regulations bar a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a capital case.

Hasan is accused of opening fire at the post's processing center, where soldiers were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq, in November 2009. The stay came the same day he was expected to enter a plea to the charges against him.

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  1. Skorpio

    Killing Hasan will be too much merciful for him. He will be considered a martyr of Islam. It is better to sentence him to life in solitary confinement and the only literature available for him to read will be anti-Islamic Apologetics.

    August 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • ed gein

      Or we could make him read "50 Shades of Sh!t".

      August 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  2. Johny Utah

    He looks like a psycho...Friday the 13th?

    August 16, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  3. Peter

    Military trials are a joke. Not only are they biased toward the armed forces, but even when one of the military's own is convicted, the sentences are soft on their own. Now I hear they allow a few inches of hair to get in the way of justice?

    August 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • Cindi

      Peter, I can tell that you are not in the military. You are clueless to the military ways and the military laws.

      August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • Trevor

        Isn't funny that folks open the mouths about things they know nothing about...

        Pete stick with what you know, not what you think...you won't look like such a fool next time.

        August 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
      • Robert Mastromarino

        Cindi, it does not matter what subject you talk about there is always someone who knows better than everyone else even though they have absolutely no knowledge of the subject. You are right Peter is clueless

        August 26, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Robert Mastromarino

      You obviously have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. When a soldier is sentenced to twenty years he does twenty years not seven years and parole. Are you a Democrat spreading lies?

      August 26, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply
  4. DrPete

    Grant him a waiver to keep the beard for religious reasons, then execute him swiftly so he can stop wasting the government's money. We have better things to spend it on.

    August 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  5. franz weber

    let the rats chew of his beard.

    August 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  6. mark

    I am glad he is paralyzed. Let him rot in his cell while he stays in his own excrement and urine. Better yet feed him to the Hogs..

    August 15, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • The Despot Lincoln.

      I'll bet you beat-off to the thought of him flailing about in his own waste. Heavy.

      August 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  7. GonzoinHouston

    He's still in the Army, and still subject to basic army regs. That being said, it would probably be less hassle, fewer appeals, and less publicity to give him a waiver for the duration of the trial. If and when he's convicted and sent to Ft. Leavenworth, then they can forcibly shave him.

    August 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      When he goes to Leavenworth he will have his head shaved also. A windowless cell in solitary( he would not know which way is east and can not say his prayers to his murdering god) would be worse than death for this piece of crap.

      August 26, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  8. The Despot Lincoln

    Hooray!

    August 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Reply

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