Mistrial Declared in Lt. Watada Court Martial!
"Under questioning by the judge, it became evident that the officer was not of the belief that he had signed away his right to defend himself."
JAG Hunter here: Army JAGs thought they'd effectively prevented the lieutenant from presenting a defense and made representations to the court-martial hearing officer to that effect. Consequently, until Lt. Watada's testimony today, all attempts to argue the case had been denied.
Now the government is forced to bring a case into open court. Still, there exists the problem of the missing jury.
Again, Lt. Watada's defense is that because his beef is with the commander in chief, a non-military constitutionally mandated jury is the only method by which an impartial airing of the two sides can be accomplished.
Here endth the lesson.
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