Former Amerada President, Earl Washburn, learned today that he will be placed on trial. In a ruling made after a preliminary hearing into the case, the Amerada Supreme Court ruled that there is enough evidence in order for trial to occur on the charges that Washburn infringed upon law 34 of the Republic by illegally forcing the President, Nick Bridgewater. Washburn has stated that he misinterpreted an earlier court order and therefore, he removed the EzOp powers of the President over the Amerada ezboard. Further charges that Washburn violated law 7 of the Republic were thrown out by the Supreme Court due to a lack of evidence in the preliminary hearing. The trial will commence on February 18, 2003.