About three and a half years ago, an Islamic terrorist, Maj. Nadal Hasan, shot and killed 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas. He has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and faces the death penalty.
His defense attorneys are seeking to take capital punishment off the table. The reason du jour is not innocence, insanity, cost, racism, capitalism, militarism (I guess they couldn't really go for that one), or any of the usual shake-and-jive. No, this is the reason:
Defense attorneys argue that Hasan should be spared a possible death sentence because his rights have been violated -- including by the former judge who ordered that Hasan's beard be forcibly shaved. Hasan first showed up in court in June with a beard, later saying it was required by his Muslim faith, but facial hair violates Army rules.
Not that his beard actually got shaved off, mind you. Only that, at one point, he was ordered to shave it off.
The story is here, and my hat is off, I guess, to whatever defense lawyer thought of this one.