I’m rather baffled by all the hullaballoo surrounding Nidal M. Hasan, the Army officer who shot several people at Ft. Hood, having a beard. They’ve actually stayed his military trial to argue over whether they should forcibly shave him, for reasons I can’t quite fathom.
Gross had next scheduled for Hasan to enter pleas to the charged offenses of thirteen allegations of premeditated murder and thirty-two allegations of attempted premeditated murder.
Before that occurred, however, the parties and the court received an order from the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The CAAF ordered the proceedings stayed until further order by that court so the appellate court could consider if Gross can order the accused forcibly shaved.
Really? The guy killed thirteen people and tried to kill dozens more and the thing they’re worried about is whether he has a beard or not? That merits additional hearings and appeals court rulings? This is like trying to add a charge for littering to Charles Manson’s trial. Keep your eye on the ball, people. Convict the SOB and send him to prison for the rest of his life (he actually faces the death penalty, which I oppose). In fact, he wants to plead guilty but the court rules forbid a guilty plea for a capital offense.