Fort Hood Suspect Barred From Court Over Beard

Nidal Hasan refuses to shave, in violation of Army policy
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2012 12:36 PM CDT
Fort Hood Suspect Barred From Court Over Beard
The 2007 file photo shows Nidal Malik Hasan.   (AP Photo/Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, File)

Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan got kicked out of his own court hearing today because he won't shave his beard, reports the AP. The military judge warned him about it at a previous hearing because the beard violates Army policy. When Hasan showed up again today without shaving, he was escorted from court and told he could watch the proceedings only via closed-circuit TV. Hasan, who says the beard is a "deeply sincere" symbol of his Islamic faith, faces the death penalty in the 2009 rampage that killed 13 people. (Read more Nidal Malik Hasan stories.)

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