NEW ORLEANS — A Marine Corps reservist who publicly opposed the Iraq war and refused to train for it must face a court-martial next month, a military judge ruled Thursday.
Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk, 21, will go before a military jury Sept. 4 on charges of "shirking important service" for skipping 47 days of training in February and March.
If convicted, the Seattle native could face up to a year in military prison.
He would also receive a bad-conduct discharge.
Funk's lawyers had asked Navy Cmdr. John Maksym to dismiss the charges on grounds that Funk was being selectively prosecuted because he attended antiwar rallies and was openly critical of the military's role in Iraq.
But Maksym said the evidence for that was "anemic" and rejected the request.
Funk turned himself in to authorities April 1, in San Jose, where his unit is based. During his absence from service, Funk filed for conscientious objector status and revealed that he is gay.