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Fort Hood Shooting Trial Delayed Pending Ruling on Beard

posted on August 17, 2012

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was granted a stay in his murder trial to allow for the court “time to rule on whether the judge in his case can order him to be forcibly shaved,” Manny Fernandez reports for The New York Times. While being tried for allegedly “killing 13 people in a 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood Army base in Killeen, Tex,” Hasan grew a beard as “an expression … of his Muslim faith,” Fernandez writes. Geoffrey Corn, a former Army lawyer, says, “Soldiers don’t get to make individual decisions on uniform standards based on their religious beliefs.”

Read at The New York Times