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Court to Hear Hasan's Shaving Appeal

Hasan says he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012  |  Updated 9:13 AM CDT
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Court to Hear Hasan's Shaving Appeal

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram shows Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting. A military judge was expected Thursday to give an official order for a forcible beard shaving for Hasan. An appeals court has said Hasan can appeal that order, thus triggering another delay in his upcoming murder trial. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department via The Temple Daily Telegram, File)

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A military appeals court wants to hear oral arguments before deciding if the Army psychiatrist charged in the Fort Hood shooting rampage can be forcibly shaved before his murder trial.

Fort Hood released the decision late Tuesday from the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

Maj. Nidal Hasan says he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, despite the Army's ban on beards.

He is appealing the trial judge's order that he be forcibly shaved, which his attorneys say violates his right to practice his religion without substantial government intrusion.

The appeals court, which is on Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, will hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys Oct. 11.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings that killed 13 people at the Texas post.

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