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Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan requested a Bible as he awaited murder trial

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Nidal Hasan, the imprisoned Fort Hood shooter who is currently incarcerated at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, had a number of unusual requests during his pre-trial four years behind bars, reports an Associated Press investigation carried by Fox News on Dec. 30.

Hasan asked for a Bible, the name of the company that made the cheese in his prison issue sandwiches, and made 19 other requests, many of which could be categorized as frivolous.

In April, Hasan reportedly wrote: "Please tell me the name of the company that produces the white cheese on my sandwiches; also the type of cheese i.e. mozzarella."

In his petition for the Bible, Hasan also asked for a personal tutor that could answer his questions about the Bible. "Please send a knowledgeable person to answer my difficult questions, as well as a paperback copy for my personal use," Hasan wrote.

John Galligan, Hasan’s civil attorney, said his client is a professed Muslim, who, while insisting he keep his beard intact according to Islamic tradition, also wanted a copy of the Christian Bible. He also was concerned that his food was not being prepared in accordance with Islamic dietary standards, and made several requests regarding his meal prep.

In 2009, the former United States Army psychiatrist fatally gunned down 13 people and injured more than 30 others in the Fort Hood mass shooting. At Hasan’s court-martial in August, he admitted to the shootings and was convicted on all counts. Hasan is awaiting execution while his case is reviewed by appellate courts.

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