Judge bars Fort Hood shooting suspect from hearing
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Judge bars Fort Hood shooting suspect from hearing from Barry Sommer at Islam Today Oregon
An Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood was barred from military court by the judge Tuesday because he still has a beard.
Major Nidal Hasan was told that he couldn’t attend any more hearings or the upcoming murder trial unless he shaves.
The judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, initially warned Hasan that he was violating Army policy at a hearing earlier this month.
The hearing on several other motions, including a possible trial delay, continued with Hasan watching on closed-circuit television from a nearby room.
Lead defense attorney Lt. Colonel Kris Poppe said Hasan grew the beard as a “deeply sincere” expression of his Islamic faith and because he has a premonition he will die soon.
Hasan had the letters “SoA” on his business cards which means Soldier of Allah and also gave away multiple copies of the Qur’an to his neighbors before the shooting. As he pulled the trigger he was shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
Said Prosecutor Lt. Colonel Steve Hendricks, “We doubt that (religion) is the motive, for growing the beard.”
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