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Bowe Bergdahlís lawyers seek to know if jurors voted for Trump
The Washington Times ^ | June 22, 2017 | Douglas Ernst

Posted on 06/22/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT by jazusamo

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 able to identify people who have been nominated to be on the court-martial panel — the jury — who are not in a position to render an impartial judgment,” Eugene Fidell, Sgt. Bergdahl’s lead attorney, said Wednesday during a pretrial hearing, Stars and Stripes reported.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bergdahl; bowebergdahl; courtmartial; deserter; traitor; usarmy
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This is getting ridiculous
1 posted on 06/22/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

It’s a fair question for jury voir dire.


2 posted on 06/22/2017 9:34:55 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Try him and execute him. He was responsible for the deaths of I believe six of his “comrades” who went looking for him. It will be a future warning to “wannabe” Berghdahls that their lives will be forfeited if they follow in his footsteps.


3 posted on 06/22/2017 9:37:53 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: BenLurkin

Yep.


4 posted on 06/22/2017 9:37:53 AM PDT by Mr. Douglas (Best. Election. EVER!)
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To: jazusamo

So much for the secret ballot.


5 posted on 06/22/2017 9:38:17 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Liberals think in propaganda)
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To: jazusamo
I'm quite sure Mike Rodgers interaction with President Trump was uncomfortable for him.

It's no fun laying out for the President of the United States and your new boss how you and other American intelligence agencies broke the law to spy on him for Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama.

Especially when each spying occurrence holds a ten year jail term if convicted.

6 posted on 06/22/2017 9:38:34 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: jazusamo
“The principal issue has to do with ensuring we are able to identify people who have been nominated to be on the court-martial panel — the jury — who are not in a position to render an impartial judgment,” Eugene Fidell, Sgt. Bergdahl’s lead attorney, said Wednesday during a pretrial hearing, Stars and Stripes reported.

So, people who voted Trump cannot be impartial, but people who voted Hillary or Bernie can?

7 posted on 06/22/2017 9:39:42 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Liberals think in propaganda)
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It’s a fair question

Bullcrap. The ballot box is supposed to be private and protected. I'd tell the attorney that's not his damn business and I would not say, no matter who I had voted for.

8 posted on 06/22/2017 9:40:08 AM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: Magnum44

I’d say I voted Hillary- why send up a flag. They can prove none of it.


9 posted on 06/22/2017 9:43:04 AM PDT by dgbrown
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To: jazusamo

Voting is secret. And should stay that way.


10 posted on 06/22/2017 9:43:33 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: jazusamo

If the defense can eliminate jurors for voting for Trump, the prosecution should eliminate jurors for not voting for Trump.


11 posted on 06/22/2017 9:43:52 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Lung cancer free since 11/9/07. Colon cancer free since 7/7/15. Obama free since 1/20/17. PTL ~ √ě)
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To: Magnum44

It’s worth noting that this is a court-martial, not a regular criminal trial. I’d be curious to know how the UCMJ rules differ from civilian courts in this regard, but if I were a prospective jury and anyone asked me this question I’d answer: “It’s none of your f#%&ing business.”


12 posted on 06/22/2017 9:44:35 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." -- President Trump, 6/1/2017)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t agree, who we vote for is secret unless we divulge it voluntarily.


13 posted on 06/22/2017 9:44:51 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Magnum44

I don’t blame you. And that would probably be the end of it, since it would tell the attorneys everything they need to know.


14 posted on 06/22/2017 9:44:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BykrBayb

Great — a jury full of Jill Stein and Evan McMullin voters. LOL.


15 posted on 06/22/2017 9:45:14 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." -- President Trump, 6/1/2017)
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To: BenLurkin
It’s a fair question for jury voir dire.

Maybe in a civilian trial...but not a court martial.

16 posted on 06/22/2017 9:45:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Comey = The Swamp Fighting Back)
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To: jazusamo

Why would civilian jurors be used in a military court-martial?


17 posted on 06/22/2017 9:45:53 AM PDT by Captain Compassion
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To: BenLurkin

Hell no it isn’t.

Your vote is a private matter. PERIOD!


18 posted on 06/22/2017 9:48:02 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Fourth estate? Ha! Our media has become the KCOTUS, the Kangaroo Court of the United States.)
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To: jazusamo

You could never *prove* who anyone voted for.


19 posted on 06/22/2017 9:48:15 AM PDT by Flick Lives
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To: BenLurkin

I voted for Hillary. Honest Injun....


20 posted on 06/22/2017 9:48:44 AM PDT by Kozak (DIVERSITY+PROXIMITY=CONFLICT)
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