Judge Orders Fort Hood Suspect to Get Rid of Beard

Nidal Hasan must shave or be shaved before trial

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2012 1:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nidal Hasan will definitely be clean-shaven before his murder trial begins, the AP reports. After a hearing today to determine whether a religious freedom law could allow the suspected Fort Hood shooter to keep his beard—which violates Army regulations—a military judge found that the defense couldn't prove Hasan is growing the beard for reasons related to his Muslim faith, and ordered that Hasan shave it or else be forcibly shaved. But Hasan's lawyers plan to appeal, which means another delay in the case.

This undated photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan.
This undated photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan.   (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram)
In this April 9, 2010 file photo,  released by the Bell County Sheriffs Department, Army Maj Nidal Hasan is shown after being moved from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to Bell County Jail in Belton, Texas.
In this April 9, 2010 file photo, released by the Bell County Sheriffs Department, Army Maj Nidal Hasan is shown after being moved from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to Bell County Jail in...   (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriffs Department, File)
The 2007 file photo provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) shows Nidal Malik Hasan when he undertook the Disaster and Military Psychiatry Fellowship program.
The 2007 file photo provided by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) shows Nidal Malik Hasan when he undertook the Disaster and Military Psychiatry Fellowship program.   (AP Photo/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, File)
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