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  • Bergdahl's Attorney Wants Him to Receive POW Medal

    11/04/2017 12:18:44 PM PDT · by Godebert · 101 replies
    Military.com ^ | 11/3/17 | Richard Sisk
    The lead defense attorney for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he wants him to receive the Prisoner of War medal. His civilian lawyer, Eugene Fidell, on Friday said his client should be recognized for the five years he spent in Taliban captivity after deserting his post in Afghanistan, according to an article by USA Today. "We have long felt he was entitled to the POW medal," Fidell said, the newspaper reported. It wasn't immediately clear whether Bergdahl's defense team plans to push for the award as part of the process to appeal his dishonorable discharge.
  • Bowe Bergdahl Avoids Prison; Trump Once Urged Death Penalty

    11/03/2017 4:03:31 PM PDT · by Innovative · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2017 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Army base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban for five years, was ordered to be dishonorably discharged from the Army by a military judge on Friday, but received no prison time for desertion or endangering troops. At a sentencing that took only minutes, the military judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, also reduced Sergeant Bergdahl’s rank to private and required him to forfeit $1,000 a month of his pay for 10 months. Prosecutors had sought 14 years in a military prison. President Trump, who has labeled...
  • The Latest: Bergdahl gets no prison time for leaving post

    11/03/2017 8:54:09 AM PDT · by mairdie · 38 replies
    AP ^ | November 3, 2017 | AP
    The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (all times local): 11:40 a.m. A military judge has found that Bowe Bergdahl should serve no prison time for endangering his comrades by walking off his Afghanistan post. The judge also gave Bergdahl a dishonorable discharge, reduced his rank to private and said he must forfeit pay equal to $1,000 per month for 10 months. The judge made no other comments. Bergdahl appeared tense, grimaced and clenched his jaw. His attorneys put their arms around him and one patted him on the back. Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and...
  • Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time

    11/03/2017 8:49:16 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    Bowe Bergdahl's Sentence: No Prison Time November 3, 201711:44 AM ET Merrit Kennedy A military judge sentenced Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has pleaded guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, to no prison time at a sentencing hearing Friday in Fort Bragg, N.C.
  • Sgt. Bergdahl’s Sentence May Be Lighter Because of Trump’s Comments

    10/30/2017 10:16:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 30, 2017 | Richard A. Oppel Jr.
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — President Trump’s harsh criticism of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his Army post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, will weigh in favor of a lighter sentence for the sergeant, a military judge said on Monday. “I will consider the president’s comments as mitigation evidence as I arrive at an appropriate sentence,” the judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance of the Army, said during a hearing at Fort Bragg. The judge is expected to sentence Sergeant Bergdahl in the next few weeks. The judge rejected a request that he dismiss the case...
  • Ralph Peters: Bergdahl sentencing isn't about him --

    10/27/2017 6:07:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | October 27, 2017 | Ralph Peters
    The sentence the military judge will impose on Tali-Bowe Bergdahl isn’t about one self-centered deserter. It’s about our national defense. The judge’s decision will decide the state of discipline on battlefields for decades to come. Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. He has pleaded guilty to both charges. There are no mitigating circumstances. He must be punished, for his crimes and to make an example of him. Yet, the American left, which has had only two military heroes since 9/11 (Bergdahl and Chelsea Manning), continues to embrace Bergdahl’s very tall tale that he only meant...
  • Bergdahl Hearing Focuses on Soldiers Who Were Hurt Looking for Him

    10/26/2017 2:42:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 26, 2017 | by SHAUNA WILLIAMS and ELIZABETH CHUCK
    Several soldiers were seriously injured in the search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, including a sergeant who was shot in the head, an Air Force intelligence officer testified Thursday in the sentencing phase of Bergdahl's desertion trial. The officer, Lt. Col. John Marx said he was leading a team of Americans and members of the Afghan Army in July 2009 through two villages searching for Bergdahl, who had abandoned his post, when they were ambushed by insurgents from "all sides." "That's when all hell broke loose," Marx said. About six feet from him, he said, Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen was...
  • Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

    10/16/2017 7:33:41 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 Oct 2017
    Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held as a Taliban captive in Afghanistan for five years, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy. The 31-year-old Army sergeant entered his plea on Monday before a military judge at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The Idaho native's lawyers have argued he cannot get a fair trial following criticism from Donald Trump during last year's presidential campaign. Mr Trump had called him "a no-good traitor who should have been executed."
  • Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl expected to plead guilty (tr)

    10/06/2017 8:02:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 6, 2017
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyers seek to know if jurors voted for Trump

    06/22/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2017 | Douglas Ernst
    Potential jurors for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial in October may be forced to tell lawyers if they voted for President Trump. Comments made by Mr. Trump during his 2016 Republican campaign for the White House have influenced one of the most high-profile, court-martial cases in U.S. Army history. Lawyers for Sgt. Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in June 2009, have a private 41-question survey for a Fort Bragg judge to consider. One of 17 questions objected to by prosecutors involves support for Mr. Trump’s campaign. “The principal issue has to do with ensuring we are...
  • Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion to top military court

    03/23/2017 2:16:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 23, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl fulfilled a promise Thursday to appeal to the top military court to toss out their client’s case over disparaging comments made by President Trump on the campaign trail. In a 314-page motion filed Thursday with the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, defense lawyers said the “unprecedented circumstances” of Trump repeatedly calling Bergdahl a traitor who should be executed constitute apparent unlawful command influence (UCI). “To describe President Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bergdahl as merely ‘troubling,’ ‘made without consideration of their possible impact on the trial of the accused,’ ‘disturbing and disappointing,’...
  • Bergdahl Lawyers Shift Tactics With Presidential Change

    01/22/2017 6:22:21 PM PST · by digger48 · 28 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | January 22, 2017 | Aleister
    After no pardon from Obama, claim of no possibility for fair trial under Trump. Military deserter Bowe Bergdahl was hoping for a pardon from President Obama which never came. Now that President Trump has taken office, Bergdahl’s lawyers are claiming he can’t be guaranteed a fair trial due to Trump’s prior criticism of him. The Hill reports: Bergdahl lawyers press for dismissal after Trump inauguration Lawyers for former prisoner of war and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl made good on their promise to call for his case to be dismissed based on President Trump’s campaign comments against him, filing a motion...
  • Obama administration chose not to act on pardon request in Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion case

    01/22/2017 12:21:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 20, 2017 | Rebecca Kheel
    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who faces court-martial on a charge of desertion after walking away from his base in Afghanistan and spending five years in militant captivity, sought and failed to receive a presidential pardon by President Barack Obama before he left office, according to Bergdahl’s attorney Eugene Fidell. The attorney acknowledged the effort Friday after Berghdahl’s legal team filed a new motion to dismiss the Army’s case against their client, citing past harsh rhetoric against Bergdahl by newly sworn-in President Trump. The New York Times previously reported the pardon effort was considered, but Bergdahl’s legal team...
  • Judge: Bowe Bergdahl Bears Some Responsibility For Risky Searches For Him

    12/16/2016 10:39:34 AM PST · by blueyon · 11 replies
    TPM ^ | 12/16/16 | JONATHAN DREW
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge weighing evidence of injuries to service members who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Friday that the soldier bears some responsibility for risky search missions triggered by him walking off his post in Afghanistan. The judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said at a pretrial hearing that he still hasn't decided how far he'll let prosecutors go, if at all, in using evidence of the serious wounds. One soldier was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury; the other required hand surgery. "Sgt. Bergdahl is not responsible for a...
  • Judge hears testimony about injuries during Bergdahl search

    11/14/2016 10:39:27 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2016 | AP
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military officer testified Monday that he saw another soldier shot in the head during the 2009 search for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who's accused of endangering his comrades when he walked off his post in Afghanistan. The testimony came at a pretrial hearing at which an Army judge also agreed to delay Bergdahl's trial by several months until May 15, 2017. Prosecutors are arguing that the judge should allow evidence of two wounded soldiers' injuries into the case to help them show that Bergdahl's disappearance effectively put other military members in harm's way.
  • Army deserter gets tens of thousands in benefits after faking war wounds

    08/21/2016 2:32:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 21, 2016
    <p>An Army deserter from North Carolina is facing federal charges for allegedly receiving tens of thousands of dollars in veteran benefits by faking war wounds and military honors.</p> <p>Roy Lee Ross, Jr., 64, of Morganton, N.C., is accused of defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by using the name of another Army veteran, according to the Charlotte Observer.</p>
  • Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay

    12/26/2015 7:06:24 PM PST · by digger48 · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 24, 2015 | Beckie Strum
    Bowe Bergdahl compared his first year in Taliban captivity — starved, stinking and chained to a bed — to being tossed in a closet and forgotten. “Picture someone taking a bag, throwing it into the closet, shutting the door and just forgetting about it. That was basically how they treated me,” he said. (snip) Although watching over Bergdahl was a high honor, the guards were often bored and would pass the time by making videos of him, interrogating him with ridiculous questions or shaving his beard into shapes they found amusing, he said. “They ask you, is Obama gay and...
  • Bowe Bergdahl’s defense team says Donald Trump’s traitor charge taints case

    05/24/2016 3:03:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2016 | Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The Army on Tuesday provided a behind the scenes look at the prosecution of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, releasing pages of internal court communications that show the defense believes it is hamstrung in responding to Donald Trump’s charge that their client is a traitor.</p>
  • Bergdahl: My desertion an act of 'self-sacrirfice'

    03/17/2016 8:30:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 49 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/17/2016 | Rick Moran
    Bergdahl told a general who investigated the case that he hoped to cause an alarm by leaving his post, then walk to a larger base in Afghanistan so he could have an audience with a top commander. "So, the idea was to -- it was -- literally, it was a sacrificial -- it was a self-sacrifice thing," Bergdahl said, according to the transcript of a 2014 interview with Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl.
  • Long After Bergdahl's Release, His Hometown Is Still Under Siege

    02/18/2016 7:08:40 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/17/2016 | Matthew Rosenberg
    HAILEY, Idaho -- It was the third text message from the unfamiliar number -- the one that made direct reference to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl -- that frightened Sherry Horton. It was written in nearly unintelligible gibberish, but its tone was unmistakably menacing. Ms. Horton had reason to be fearful: Hailey is the hometown of the American soldier who was vilified as a deserter and possibly even a traitor days after his release from Taliban captivity in May 2014 in a prisoner swap. Here in Hailey, death threats soon followed -- hundreds of calls to the Chamber of Commerce and to...