FORT HOOD, Texas -- The Army Court of Criminal Appeals issued the following orders in United States vs. Maj. Nidal M. Hasan Sept. 21 after defense counsel for Hasan filed two appeals with that court this week.
The court ordered the case stayed until further notice and the response to the defense appeals must be filed by Sept. 28.
Defense counsel filed two appeals to determine if the federal law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows Hasan to keep his beard during his court martial.
The first appeal seeks to overturn past contempt holdings against Hasan and stop any future contempt proceedings over Hasan wearing a beard in court.
The second, closely related appeal is whether the RFRA allows Hasan to wear a beard while in military uniform at his court martial.
After the ACCA receives the government responses, it could order oral argument or issue its ruling based just on the legal briefs submitted by the parties.
After ACCA issues its rulings, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces could review ACCA's decisions before the case is returned to Col. Gregory Gross for the court martial to resume.
Hasan is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.