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Court Martial Of Lt. Ehren Watada
Mistrial Declared For The War Objector
02/08/2007 10:45 AM ET
Reuters is reporting on the case of Lt. Ehren Watada, who refused to deloy to Iraq. First Lt. Ehren Watada had faced up to four years in prison and a dishonorable discharge if found guilty on a charge of missing movements for not deploying to Iraq and two charges of conduct unbecoming an officer for his criticism of the war. Lt. Col. John Head, the military judge, declared a mistrial after throwing out a "stipulation of fact" -- an agreement over certain facts of the trial -- that forced the government to ask the judge for a mistrial instead of arguing its entire case again. The judge said he could not accept the stipulation, because it amounts to a confession to the missing movements charge when Watada, 28, stated he is not guilty.
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