John Galligan’s website has posted this press release from Fort Hood indicating that today’s scheduled motions session in Hasan was postponed by Judge Gregory Gross because Major Hasan appeared in court with a beard.  The defense has indicated it will ask Army officials to grant an exception to Army grooming standards on religious accommodation grounds.

14 Responses to “Hasan motions hearing delayed due to accused’s beard”

  1. Ama Goste says:

    That will help his cause with a panel, particularly since it doesn’t sound like he requested such an accommodation at any earlier point in his service until several years after he shot up Ft. Hood.

  2. Christopher Mathews says:

    Nothing like visually setting yourself apart from the folks who will decide if you live or die.

  3. stewie says:

    short of saving a busload of orphaned newborns…

  4. Phillip Stackhouse says:

    Maybe he is resigned to the belief that he will be killed at the conclusion of this trial, so there is little lost by keeping his beard.

  5. Charlie F says:

    Allegedly shot up Fort Hood. 

  6. Dew_Process says:

    Another reason not to outsource pretrial confinement to civilians.  Are they now going to add additional Art. 92 charges?  The “Theater of the Absurd” now apparently has a new play.

  7. Michael Korte says:

    Thank you, John Galligan’s website, for really churning up the sympathy factor for MAJ Hasan.  Luckily, there’s a silver lining here, as Major Hasan’s delay gives the Ft. Leavenworth maintenance folks more time to build some ramps.  Judge Gross is a patient judge…but those limits will surely be tested in the 19 years it will take to try this case.

  8. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    @Charlie F–lawyers accustomed to the presumptions and burdens of proof within the confines of a courtroom, and nice newspapers seeking to avoid lawsuits make liberal use of that lovely word “alleged” and its cousin “allegedly.”  It’s certainly a useful appellation in those many cases where what really happened is unclear.
    But here, in this case, outside the courtroom, there nothing alleged about Major Hasan’s despicable acts.  That he shot up Ft. Hood, as Ama Goste put it, is true.  Whether he will ultimately be held criminally responsible for his shooting up Ft. Hood and killing many people is another matter, but there’s no denying what he did or muddying the waters with “allegedly.”
    /rant off/,
    Yrs humbly,

  9. Casual Reader says:

    Glad to see a military judge take control of the courtroom.   It bodes well for the trial.

  10. Charlie F says:

    @CS.  Apologies — sarcasm and the internet are often not compatible.  Ama and I are acquaintances, we’ve both worn uniforms, and, as for me, a slow death would be too good for Mr. Hasan. 

  11. Christian Deichert says:

    I love the page title: “Hasan Defense Hassled In Court . . . .. Or Was It Just a Set-Up?”

    Since my comment is “awaiting moderation” (read: will never see the light of day on Galligan’s website), here’s my alternate page title: “Hasan Defense Fails to Ensure Client Met Army Grooming Standards When Appearing At Court-Martial.”

    Though I guess I should add a secondary headline: “Pretends It’s the Government’s Fault and Prepares to File Frivolous Motion to Justify Their Failure.”

  12. Cloudesley Shovell says:

    Charlie F–I should be the one apologizing for failing to see the sarcasm.  A little rant now and then is good for the soul, and I felt better afterwards.  So thank you! and carry on.

  13. ps says:

    phillip stackhouse: as you’re probably aware, a JA was actually present and saw him shoot a number of folks.  definitely a rough case to defend.

  14. Ama Goste says:

    No offense taken here.  BTW, Charlie will be in the JAG trenches shortly, so he’s just practicing his jargon.