Mistrial Declared in Court Martial of Watada

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - The judge has declared a mistrial in the Fort Lewis court martial of Lieutenant Ehren Watada who refused to go to Iraq.

The judge says there was an error in the evidence. Watada admitted refusing to fight in the Iraq war, but he did not understand that amounted to a confession to elements of the charge.

The judge has set March 12th for a new court martial at the Army base south of Seattle.

The dispute over evidence came as Watada was expected to testify today in his own defense about his refusal and about calling the war illegal.

He's charged with missing a troop movement and conduct unbecoming an officer.