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
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)
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(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.

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