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Army Officer Accused of Killing 13 and Injuring 32 in Texas May be Forced to Shave Beard

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Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shootings, could forcibly be made to shave his beard. In November of 2009, Major Hasan allegedly opened fire at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Center and now stands accused of killing 13 soldiers and injuring 32 more in what is the largest shooting on an U.S. Army instillation.

According to Wikipedia, Hasan is “being charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder under the Uniform Code of Military Justice; he may face additional charges at court-martial. If he is convicted, he could be given the death penalty.”

The trial, which has dragged on for nearly three years now, may be delayed even longer, because he doesn’t want to shave. The Huffington Post has reported that when last he was in court, he told the judge regarding his beard, “I am not trying to disrespect your authority as a judge, when I stand before God, I am individually responsible for my actions.”

The story goes on. Col. Gregory Gross, who is presiding over the trial, has said he would “order Hasan to be forcibly shaved before the trial if he did not get rid of the beard himself. That will delay the case again because Hasan’s attorneys can appeal before a decision is made on whether he’ll be forcibly shaved.”

It’s hard to argue with someone who obviously cares more about his beard than the lives of American soldiers, and lives in general. Click here to see Nadal with his beard.

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