In a preview of Maj. Nidal Hasan's impending trial, that's certain to become a courtroom circus, the judge who insisted the defendant shave his unkempt beard for his court martial will be replaced, according to a counterterrorism analyst on Tuesday.
The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces stated in a 10-page opinion that because of a variety of factors, a reasonable person “would harbor doubts about the military judge’s impartiality.”
The appeals court did not accuse the trial judge of being actually biased, officials noted, but instead ordered the removal merely because there is an appearance of bias on the part of Judge Gross.
And what was the matter with Judge Gross requiring the defendent to shave his beard? And will they now seek a judge who is more "lenient" or "sensitive" to the needs of the defendent? And what about being sensitive to the Judge's orders or the feelings of the victim's families?