September 4, 2013

Now That's A Close Shave

The Army psychiatrist sentenced to death for the Fort Hood shooting rampage has been forcibly shaved, an Army spokesman said Tuesday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan began growing a beard in the years after the November 2009 shooting that left 13 dead and 30 wounded. The beard prompted delays to his court-martial because it violated Army grooming regulations. He was convicted of all charges last month at his court-martial at the Central Texas Army post and sentenced to death.

Now, Hasan is an inmate at the U.S. Detention Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., home to the military death row. Lt. Col. S. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday that Hasan had been shaved. He did not specify when or provide details, however.

Officials at Fort Leavenworth previously had said Hasan would be subject to Army regulations.

Hasan dispensed with all criminal defense counsel and represented himself during his trial. A message left with John Galligan, Hasan's first criminal defense attorney who still represents him in civil matters, was not returned.

Hasan said he grew the beard because his Muslim faith required it and was not meant as a show of disrespect. However, Col. Gregory Gross, the original judge presiding over Hasan's court-martial, ordered Hasan to be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his trial.

Maj. Hasan before being shaved.

The dispute over that decision led to appeals that delayed the trial by more than three months before the appeals court ousted the judge. The appeals court ruled that Gross did not appear impartial while presiding over Hasan's case and that the command, not a judge, is responsible for enforcing military grooming standards.

Col. Tara Osborn, assigned to replace Gross as the judge presiding over the case, allowed Hasan to keep the beard for the course of the trial last month. However, she warned that although she would not hold the breach of grooming regulations against the 42-year-old American-born Muslim, the military jurors might.

Maj. Hasan after being shaved.

It's the Muslim way. Low and tight.


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Obama will probably issue him a pardon on his last day in office.

sig94 said...

Sunny - interesting. Can Obugger do that for someone convicted under the UCMJ?

How long do you think Hasan would last after being released?

Kid said...

I want this * to suffer as much as possible. Hard time. Porcupine for a prayer mat. Dry Shaved every few days with a bic tossaway found in the sewer of New Orleans. I can think of better stuff but I won't post that...

jay son said...

that would be sweet justice.

el chupacabra said...

I chuckled- thanks.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

That looks like a nice close shave.

sig94 said...

Gillette or Shick?

Doom said...

I'm thinking Stihl, as for razor. Well, the final one. The first one? Something rusty and a barber with palsy. All I'm saying.

sig94 said...

Doom - Stihl it is. Only armed with a bicycle chain.