Skip to comments.Accused Fort Hood shooter makes first statement in court
Posted on 08/30/2012 8:28:02 PM PDT by bimboeruption
The Army psychiatrist accused of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting told the military judge his Muslim faith requires him to wear a beard, marking the first time Maj. Nidal Hasan has made a statement in court.
"Your honor, in the name of almighty Allah, I am a Muslim," Hasan said. "I believe that my religion requires me to wear a beard."
Hasan made the statement after the presiding judge, Col. Gregory Gross, asked why he was still in contempt of court -- in other words, why Hasan hadn't shaved his beard, which is against Army regulations.
"I am not trying to disrespect your authority as a military a judge. And I am not trying to disrupt the proceedings or the decorum of the court," he said. "When I stand before God I am individually responsible for my actions."
Gross has threatened to have Hasan forcibly shaved, previously citing the regulations and the right to ensure "that a military trial proceeds without a distracting and disruptive sideshow."
Hasan was found in contempt of court again Thursday, fined $1,000 and sent from the court to a trailer where Hasan watched the rest of the proceedings via closed circuit TV.
A hearing has been scheduled for September 6, to discuss whether Hasan's religious claims would prevent him from being shaved.
Hasan's court martial was scheduled to start last week at Fort Hood, in Killeen, Texas, where he is accused of killing 13 people and wounding 32. The trial was delayed when Hasan's legal team petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to prevent Gross from ordering Hasan's facial hair shaved.
The Court of Appeals found that Hasan's petition was "premature" because Gross had not yet issued a definitive order. If an official order was given, the appeals court said, Hasan could file another petition.
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I wonder if Obama will issue an EO to halt the shaving?
Take that POS out of the courthouse and summarily execute him with a .38 through both his eyes and finish it with a limited.45 through his forehead .
He is subject to USMJ. Shave his stupid beard if he won't shave it.
Give this animal a trial. Then, put him away for the rest of his life at hard labor.
Send him to GTMO and throw away the key.
No, 6 shots. Right kneecap, left kneecap, right elbow, left elbow, groin, forehead. I'd give him 24 hours between each shot.
Send in Jethro Gibbs
Agreed. This SOB had no issue with shaving his face for how many years to hold his job? And for those who feel he needs to be locked away forever, horsecrap. Summary execution and make it pay per view and have that money divided up between the victim’s families.
YES, Shave it odd from the neck up!!!!
He’s paralyzed from the waist down.
Shave him, try him, find him guilty, sentence him to death, carry out the sentence. Faster than they did McVeigh, who probably holds the modern record.
Otherwise some poor nurse is going to be wiping his butt and cleaning his bedsores. That’s hard labor.
So grow one after you’re convicted and before you hang, punk.
Mind you, I have no idea what I'm doing.
The only thing we should be hearing from that guy is the thud when his dead body hits the deck.
I concurr. Can we shave the first three layers of skin off him and pour lemon juice on him and release 5 gallons of magflies next to him?
YEAH! He can start with an arm bar....or whatever comes to mind...
Did this guy have his beard when he was on active duty and shot up his peers? Just curious since it is against regulation. He just seems to want to cause a disturbance. Just shave him forcibly, give him his last meal of bacon and push his traiter butt in front of the firing squad for heavens sake.
When Hasan stands before the God of Abraham, being sans beard at the time of his death will be the least of his problems.
His goat smelling and goat humping behif sur shaved fro the Amry prior to this didn’t it? Yes, he shaved. HE IS A LIAR!