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Fort Hood suspect fined again for sporting beard

Posted: August 3, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Updated: August 3, 2012 11:30 a.m.

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge has again held the Fort Hood shooting suspect in contempt of court after he appeared at a pretrial hearing still sporting a beard in violation of Army regulations.

Maj. Nidal Hasan was fined another $1,000 Friday. The judge, Col. Gregory Gross, said Hasan would watch the rest of the hearing on a closed-circuit television in a nearby trailer.

Hasan's attorneys say his beard is an expression of his Muslim faith.

Last week the judge held Hasan in contempt and fined him $1,000, saying he would be forcibly shaved before his Aug. 20 trial if he didn't shave on his own.

Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the massacre on the Texas Army post.


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