Judge indicates Fort Hood suspect can keep beard

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm •  Published: December 18, 2012

Osborn was appointed to the case two weeks ago, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces removed the former judge and tossed his order regarding Hasan's beard. The ruling said Col. Gregory Gross did not appear impartial while presiding over Hasan's case and that the command — not a judge — is responsible for enforcing military grooming standards.

Hasan's trial date hasn't been set. Osborn first has to rule on several pending motions. Defense attorneys also want Osborn to reverse Gross' rulings on nearly two dozen motions, including requests for change-of-venue, a couple of experts and some investigative reports.

Defense attorneys also said they will again ask that Hasan be allowed to plead guilty. At an August hearing, Gross said he was not able to accept a guilty plea on the 13 charges of premeditated murder because Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case.

Hasan also is charged with 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.