Wednesday, February 07, 2007

WATADA WATCH: Judge declares mistrial; court-martial may be delayed till summer

SOLDIER'S COURT-MARTIAL ENDS IN MISTRIAL
Associated Press
February 7, 2007
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16637475.htm

FORT LEWIS, Wash. -- The judge overseeing the court martial of an Army lieutenant who refused to deploy to Iraq declared a mistrial Wednesday, saying the soldier did not fully understand a document he signed admitting to elements of the charges.

First Lt. Ehren Watada was fighting charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and missing movement for refusing to leave last June with his
unit, the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

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