Watada Court-Martial Declared a Mistrial

The court-martial of Lt. Ehren Watada has been ruled a mistrial because of a dispute over a pretrial agreement. Watada’s attorney, Eric Seitz, called the ruling a “significantly positive event,” and said he hoped it would put an end to the case.


A date for a new court martial has been set for March 19 but lawyers for Watada said they hoped Wednesday’s ruling would mark the end of proceedings.

“The mistrial is very likely to have the consequence of ending this case because double jeopardy may prevent the government from proceeding with a retrial,” said Eric Seitz, lead attorney for Watada.

“Although the defense was prepared to proceed with Lt. Watada’s testimony, and felt very optimistic about this trial, we view the order declaring a mistrial as a significantly positive event.”

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