WASHINGTON - A panel of US Army judges ruled that a soldier accused of the Fort Hood massacre must appear in court clean-shaven, upholding a trial judge’s earlier order. Major Nidal Hasan, charged with the Nov 09 shooting spree that left 13 dead at the Texas army base, had argued that he had a right to keep his beard as an expression of his faith, but the Army Criminal Court of Appeals sided with the judge overseeing his court-martial. The court concluded that the trial judge, Col Gregory Gross, was correct in finding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “does not provide Hasan the right to wear a beard while in uniform during his upcoming court martial.”