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Judge delays Fort Hood shooting hearing after defendant shows up in full beard

 

This jihadi should already be dead!

Twana

 

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The Sacramento Bee

 

By JEREMY SCHWARTZ
McClatchy Newspapers

 

A military judge delayed a pretrial hearing Friday after Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused in the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, appeared in a military courtroom sporting a full beard that his attorneys said he grew for religious reasons.

Col. Gregory Gross called the beard, which violated Army grooming regulations, a disruption to court proceedings and halted the hearing, Fort Hood officials said. Gross said a new hearing would be held soon - possibly next week - and that Hasan would have to watch proceedings outside the courtroom on closed-circuit television unless he complied with an order to "appear with proper military grooming standards," Fort Hood officials said.

Over the past two years, Hasan, who remains an active duty service member, has appeared in court clean-shaven and with closely cropped hair. Hasan appeared Friday with a full beard and longer hair.

Defense attorneys cited cases of other soldiers who were granted permission to grow their beards during a court-martial for religious reasons and indicated they would file an exception to the grooming policy based on religious accommodation, Fort Hood officials said. Hasan is Muslim.

Army Regulation 670-1-8 allows neatly trimmed mustaches, but prohibits beards, goatees and handlebar mustaches.

Friday's hearing was supposed to focus on a defense request for a neurologist, various discovery matters and a defense motion to delay the court-martial from Aug. 20 until December. Gross did not rule on any of the motions but indicated he is not inclined to grant another delay in the court-martial, which originally was to begin in March.

Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, faces the death penalty on charges he killed 13 people after shouting "Allahu akbar," an Arabic refrain meaning "God is great," and opening fire inside a busy medical processing center on Nov. 5, 2009.

 



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The Army leadership is in no hurry to try this guy.  They will use every ploy they can to delay his trial long enough so that no one expresses outrage when he gets life in prison or a long prison sentence rather than the death penalty.  I would not be one bit surprised if this is not being orchestrated by the White House.  Had the cops who took this guy down been thinking they would have triple and quadruple tapped this guy and saved the taxpayers a lot of money.

Anything less than the death penalty will be a slap in the face of every American Veteran, active or not!

Marianne, it would appear to me that we are still waiting for the United States' first black president. I know that if I were black it would offend me to have him referenced in that way. He is not representative of many of the black folks that I know and certainly is less a president than a puppet of the party, socialist/communist party that is. Herman Cain would have been fine as our first black president. He may not have been the best president but he would not have attempted to destroy the country either.

FORT STEWART, Ga. -- A Georgia soldier was found guilty Tuesday of killing his two Army roommates in 2010 at a U.S. base camp in Iraq, where prosecutors said he opened fire hours after complaining that the victims had let their room get too messy.

A court-martial found Spc. Neftaly Platero guilty of two counts of premeditated murder and one count of attempted premeditated murder after a weeklong trial. The verdict was reached Tuesday by a five-member jury of Army officers and noncommissioned officers after 90 minutes of deliberations.

"We're happy that he was found guilty," said Desiree Carrillo, mother of one of the slain soldiers, 20-year-old Spc. John Carrillo Jr. "We'll never get our son back. It's some closure, but he's still gone."

The sentencing phase of the case was scheduled to resume Wednesday. Platero faces an automatic sentence of life in prison, but the jury must decide whether he will ever be eligible for parole. Fort Stewart commanders last year decided not to pursue the death penalty in Platero's case.

Prosecutors said the 34-year-old soldier from Kingwood, Texas, opened fire on his roommates as they readied for bed at Camp Fallujah on Sept. 23, 2010. Pfc. Gebrah Noonan was fatally shot in the side and the back after having just returned to the room from a shower. Carrillo was felled by the gunfire while rummaging through his backpack.

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