The trial of Ehren "Weaselboy" Watada took an interesting turn this morning.
In exchange for dropping the charges of Conduct Unbecoming an Officer, Weaselboy signed a document admitting that he did not go to Iraq with his unit -- and proceeded with his trial for Missing Troop Movement.
Turns out that part of the twelve-page document Watada signed was a teeny-tiny part admitting that he had a duty to deploy with his soldiers.
This is the primary element of the crime of Missing Troop Movement. He acknowledged that he had a duty to deploy; and he failed to do so. Case closed.
In other words, Weaselboy is on trial for a crime he already signed a written confession to.
Good lawyer you got there, troopie.
So, the Judge of the Court Martial found a mistrial and scheduled a retrial in March -- and since the confession that caused the mistrial was part of the pre-trial agreement to drop two of the charges against him -- the pre-trial agreement is dropped.
Ehren "Weaselboy" Watada will stand trial for all charges; and is looking down the throat at six to do.
Part of me wonders if he'll be able to keep his mud in a ball until March.