Major Jihad in shave face
Judge delays Fort Hood shooting hearing after defendant shows up in full beard
By JEREMY SCHWARTZ
Published: Friday, Jun. 8, 2012 – 1:00 am
AUSTIN, Texas — A military judge delayed a pretrial hearing Friday after Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused in the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, appeared in a military courtroom sporting a full beard that his attorneys said he grew for religious reasons.
Col. Gregory Gross called the beard, which violated Army grooming regulations, a disruption to court proceedings and halted the hearing, Fort Hood officials said. Gross said a new hearing would be held soon – possibly next week – and that Hasan would have to watch proceedings outside the courtroom on closed-circuit television unless he complied with an order to “appear with proper military grooming standards,” Fort Hood officials said.