December 4, 2012, - 1:09 pm
The tragedy for America and the 13 lives that Nidal Malik Hasan took in an Islamic terrorist attack on Fort Hood is that, more than three years after the mass murder he perpetrated, he has yet to face justice and be tried. This savage should have been tried, convicted, and executed long ago. And this is in military court, which is supposed to be more serious than other courts. But apparently not. Instead, it’s turned into a circus and a charade, with the latest news that the judge in the case, Col. Gregory Gross, has been removed for “bias,” primarily for ordering Hasan’s beard shaved. Huh?
A military judge’s “duel of wills” with Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan over whether Hasan would have to shave made the judge appear biased, requiring his removal from the case, a military appeals court ruled Monday. . . . Hasan, who is Muslim, said that he had grown the beard for religious reasons and that it was protected under freedom of religious expression.
Military prosecutors disagreed, as did the judge, Col. Gregory Gross, who ruled that the beard violated the military dress code. Gross held Hasan in contempt of court for refusing to shave, ordered him removed from the courtroom, and ultimately ordered that his beard be forcibly shaved.
Hasan appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The appeals court ruled that military command, not a military judge, has responsibility for grooming standards, and that Gross could no longer convincingly appear to be unbiased in handling Hasan’s case.
Gross’ order to shave Hasan’s beard — and the six counts of contempt he issued to Hasan — were wiped out by the appellate court’s ruling. . . .
“The decision to remove [Hasan] from the courtroom, the contempt citations and the decision to order [Hasan's] forcible shaving in the absence of any command action to do the same could leave an objective observer to conclude that the military judge was not impartial.”
The appeals court did not specifically rule on Hasan’s claim that his beard was protected under freedom of religion.
“Should the next military judge find it necessary to address [Hasan's] beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew,” the court said.
The appellate court’s ruling also cited an incident in which Gross found what he believed to be feces on the floor of a bathroom and ordered Hasan not to use the bathroom again. Department of Emergency Services staff later said the material was mud that had been tracked in by a guard.
“In light of these rulings, and the military judge’s accusations regarding the latrine, it could reasonably appear to an objective observer that the military judge had allowed the proceedings to become a duel of wills between himself and [Hasan] rather than an adjudication of the serious offenses with which [Hasan] is charged,” the ruling said.
This is absurd. Hasan never had a beard throughout his military career, when he was devout enough of a Muslim to mass murder the Americans who paid for his schooling from birth through medical school. That he suddenly needs one now is baloney. Removing Col. Gross is a travesty, and only serves to appease Hasan and fellow Muslims, further delaying justice for those who can never get back the lives he took in the name of Islam.
The Fort Hood soldiers who shot Hasan would have done us all a favor if they had finished this guy off, right then and there.
Now, he’s a spectacle and he knows it, making a mockery of America and showing other Islamic terrorists for the gazillionth time that mass murdering Americans doesn’t necessarily result in swift punishment . . . except for the loyal Americans who serve in the military and attempt to administer justice, like Col. Gross.
As I always say, America is Desperate But Not Serious.
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