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Hasan, 41, also is charged with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

The court-martial, scheduled to start Monday with jury selection, will be on hold until the appeals court rules on Hasan’s appeal to the judge’s order to being shaved. Wednesday’s court order that halted the proceedings gives the judge a week to respond.

Some military law experts not involved in the case said this seems to be a defense strategy.

“The defense is trying everything to delay this case, and it’s frustrating that the beard issue has gone this far,” said Jeffrey Addicott, a retired military attorney who is now director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law.