Military Judge Decides Bergdahl Can Be Tried For Endangering Comrades

A military judge has just made a ruling in the Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl case that might finally bring a small amount of justice to those men who were so grievously harmed by his actions. The judge said that prosecutors can try the soldier on a rare charge alleging he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

For the record Robert Bowdrie “Bowe” Bergdahl is a United States Army soldier who was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan after deserting his station from June 2009 until his release in May 2014.

Via Popular Military: “Defense lawyers said prosecutors used faulty logic to charge Bergdahl with a crime more serious than his underlying actions. The judge acknowledged that case law is “scarce” because the misbehavior charge is so rarely used, but he said a soldier who leaves his post alone and without authorization should be aware he could face punishment.

Last week, a judge refused to rule that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban ended his unauthorized absence hours after he left his post.

Bergdahl’s lawyers said they needed a ruling on the duration so they could advise him on how to enter a plea to the desertion charge. Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban and its allies for five years.

The judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said in a ruling on June 22 that the length of Bergdahl’s unauthorized absence should be decided at trial in October. Nance says Bergdahl doesn’t need the determination beforehand to make a decision on his plea.”

I guess he’s lucky that he ain’t facing charges of aiding and comforting the enemy and facing the death penalty. People died directly because of his actions.

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