Trial Scheduled For Ohio Guardsman

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, December 12, 2003 - 06:26 AM
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An Ohio National Guardsman who allegedly refused to submit to an anthrax vaccination is scheduled to go on trial tomorrow.

Twenty-year-old Kurt Hickman of Granville is the first guardsman in Ohio to refuse to be inoculated for the disease. Hickman's attorney, Kenneth Levine, says Hickman refused to take the vaccine because he thinks it is a health hazard.

According to Ohio National Guard Deputy Director of Public Affairs, James Sims, the trial is not about the safety of the vaccine but about Hickman's refusal to obey a direct order.

If a military judge finds Hickman guilty, he could face 100 days in jail, a 100 dollar fine, bad conduct discharge, a reprimand, a reduction in rank or a combination of those penalties. The guardsman's parents have asked Governor Taft to intervene.

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