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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Gregory Gross
A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality.
GREENSBURG | Authorities say four people died when a small plane crashed as it was approaching a southeastern Indiana airport.
Attorneys for the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood massacre say he offered twice to plead guilty and "accept responsibility" earlier this year.
The Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage in 2009 told a judge Thursday that he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, not as a show of disrespect.
A military judge says he has the right to order an Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage to be forcibly shaved before his murder trial.
For the past two months, the military judge presiding over the high-profile case of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage has said he wanted to avoid disruptions in court. So after Maj. Nidal Hasan showed up for a June pretrial hearing wearing a beard, a violation of Army regulations, Col. Gregory Gross banned him from the courtroom until he shaves.
A military judge on Tuesday refused to again delay the trial of an Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage, setting up the highly anticipated court-martial scheduled to begin next week.
Col. Gross had sided with prosecutors who say the beard violates Army grooming standards and could confuse witnesses.
Gross had repeatedly said Hasan's beard was a disruption to the court proceedings, but the military appeals court ruled there was insufficient evidence to show that was true.