There, now that wasn't so hard, was it?
After pushing the issue of whether he could have a beard to the highest military appeals court last night, former Maj. Nidal Hasan has been 'forcibly shaved' in the U.S. Military Detention Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas, where he is awaiting the automatic appeal of his 13 murder convictions and death sentence, 1200 WOAI news reports.
A spokesman for the military prison released a statement to 1200 WOAI news confirming that the shaving had taken place. He didn't say whether Hasan resisted the shaving.
Hasan grew a full beard, which is a violation of Army grooming regulations, while awaiting trial for the 2009 massacre at Ft. Hood, in which 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded.
After appealing his former judge's order that he forcibly shaved, a military appeals court did not technically allow him to have a beard, which is in violation of Army grooming regulations. The court simply ruled that the question of whether Hasan is bearded or clean-shaven is a matter for the post commander, not the trial judge. Judge Col. Tara Osborn warned Hasan that the beard would hurt him in the eyes of the Army officers who made up his jury, and warned him that any prejudice he might have received due to the beard could not be used in an appeal. Hasan agreed to those stipulations.
Hasan's lawyers claimed that the beard was not means to taunt the Army, but was grown in accordance with his Muslim faith. He pointed out that the Army has made religious exceptions to it's grooming rules to accommodate Muslim, Orthodox Jewish, and Sikh soldiers.