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In a signal that Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan might be allowed to keep his beard during his upcoming court-martial, the newly appointed military judge in the Fort Hood shooting case asked defense attorneys to draw up instructions to potential jurors regarding the beard, which violates Army grooming regulations. Such instructions would likely ask jurors not to hold Hasan’s appearance against him in determining a verdict.
Rob Turk: Seriously… it’s a beard. If he’s guilty, execute him. If he committed the crime, and in this case it’s an officer of the U.S. Army killing subordinates, then it’s a capital offense.
Heather Kenley: Good. Keep it moving.
Andrew Goldberg: Yeah, leave the beard alone, he’s just asking to be martyred over that, don’t give him what he wants. ALLOW the beard and prosecute the crimes.
Mark Grejda: He’s still in the military and beards are against their rules. That’s why this is a mess. They have the right to sit him in a chair and shave it off just like they do your head in basic training.
Cliff Anderson: Hasan’s lawyers are playing a Catch22 game. If he is forced to shave it, they will say the judge is prejudiced. If the judge doesn’t they will say the jury was. It is a delay tactic.
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