Watada May Face Second Trial

Lt. Ehren Watada
Lt. Ehren Watada

(KHNL) - Hawaii born soldier Ehren Watada may face another trial for refusing to go to Iraq. Even though his first trial ended in a mistrial, an army judge ruled this week that a new court hearing would not violate Lieutenant Watada's constitutional rights.

Watada's lawyers are planning to appeal the decision, which they feel would result in double jeopardy, which is being tried twice for the same crime.

Watada did not deploy with his unit to Iraq, citing moral and legal objections to the war.

He faces a maximum penalty of dismissal from the army and a prison term of six years if convicted.