A high military court has ordered the judge removed in the upcoming court-martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, stating the judge showed bias by ordering Hasan forcibly shaved.
The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces stated in a ruling issued late Monday that Fort Hood judge Lt. Col. Gregory Gross has shown at the least an appearance of bias against Hasan.
The court did not rule on whether Gross’s order to have Hasan shaved could be enforced, stating that it would take up that matter should the next judge chooses to address it. It also vacated findings of contempt Gross had issued against Hasan for breaking military appearance regulations by wearing a beard.
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