Ft. Hood, TX — The judge in the military trial of Major Nidal Hasan has been removed from the case. The move which should get things rolling again in the three-year-old case.
An August trial date was delayed after the presiding judge, Col. Gregory Gross, said Nadal's beard could be forcibly shaved. Gross told the court that Hasan’s beard violated Army grooming standards and could also distract court proceedings and witnesses.
Hasan appealed and yesterday the U.S Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. military’s highest court, sided with Hasan.
Hasan is accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than two dozen others related to the Fort Hood shooting on November 9th, 2009.
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted.