Major Nidal Hasan’s beard gets trial put on hold

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SAN ANTONIO, TX – If the US military prosecuted a war the way it’s prosecuting accused Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, we’d be in a world of hurt right now.

The 42-year-old major faces 13 counts of first-degree murder for the November 2009 killings at the army post.

Now, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has put his trial on hold ‘indefinitely’ pending further review.

For the past two years, Hasan has been growing out his beard. He says he’s doing because of his Muslim faith.

The army says he has to shave it, because of military regulations that require men, and women, to be clean shaven.

A lower court upheld the trial judge’s order that Hasan shave or be shaved. Hasan says forcing him to shave is religious discrimination.

And this week, the top military appellate court decided to think about it for a while, and quite possibly delaying justice for the victims to well-past the November 5 anniversary of the massacre, and the presidential elections.