Declines Specific Ruling on Whether Detainees Can Be Forcibly Shaved
The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has removed Judge Col. Gregory Gross from presiding over the case of Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan, saying any reasonable person would have doubts about his impartiality after his behavior on the case.
Maj. Hasan is facing charges related to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting spree, in which 13 people were killed. Gross had repeatedly issued contempt of court rulings against Hasan, insisting his beard was objectionable and eventually demanding he be forcibly shaved before being brought back into his court.
The court didn’t specifically rule on whether judges can order people forcibly shaved, but threw out the orders, saying if another judge makes a similar ruling, that would be litigated separately.
Army regulations forbid beards, but the court noted that enforcing military grooming standards is not up to the judge in the first place, and his obsession was the beard was a big part of why he seemed bias against Hasan. Hasan’s lawyers say he fears he may die soon, and believes it is a sin to die without a beard.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Estimates 50,000 ISIS Fighters Killed in Just Over Two Years - December 8th, 2016
- US Navy Refuses Pentagon Orders to Budget for Spending Cuts - December 8th, 2016
- ISIS Kills Dozens, Nears Syrian City of Palmyra - December 8th, 2016
- Human Rights Watch: US May Be Complicit in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen - December 8th, 2016
- No Evidence, But Pentagon Tries to Convince Turkey Iran Killed Their Troops - December 8th, 2016