FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) - A military judge has ruled that 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada cannot base his court-martial defense on the war's legality.
Watada called the Iraq war illegal and refused to deploy last year. Lawyers for the 28-year-old had planned to argue at the February 5th trial that the war was illegal because it violated Army regulations.
But in a ruling released yesterday, Lieutenant Colonel John Head says it's a political question that cannot be judged in a military court.
Head says there are limits to the free-speech rights of military personnel.
Watada is from Hawaii and is charged with missing troop movement last year.
He faces up to six years in prison.