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Mistrial Declared In Watada Court Martial

Seattle PI: The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada ended in a mistrial Wednesday. The case's just, Lt. Col. John Head, declared the trial ove

Seattle PI:

The court-martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada ended in a mistrial Wednesday.

The case's just, Lt. Col. John Head, declared the trial over after a day of wrangling over a stipulation of facts that Watada had signed before the trial and that would have been part of the instructions to the jury. The judge decided that Watada never intended when he signed the stipulation to mean that he had a duty to go to Iraq with his unit.

Again the issue was Watada's views on the Iraq war -- opinions that kept him from going with his unit to the conflict and that the jHead didn't want brought up at the court-martial.

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