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Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Bergdahl's lawyers had argued that Trump's comments violated their client's due-process rights and that the judge should dismiss charges accusing him of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.


Trump’s comments about Bergdahl 'disturbing,' judge says

Disparaging remarks made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail about accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are “disturbing,” the military judge overseeing the soldier’s court-martial said Monday.


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Trump called Bergdahl a 'dirty, rotten traitor,' now a judge has to decide if it matters

Attorneys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will spar with Army prosecutors Monday over disparaging comments about the accused deserter made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail and whether they will have an impact on the soldier’s ability to receive a fair trial.

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Bergdahl attorneys file motion to dismiss court-martial over Trump comments

In their motion, accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorneys list more than 25 instances of Donald Trump disparaging Bergdahl during campaign rallies and nationally televised interviews.


Obama commutes Manning’s sentence, pardons former Gen. Cartwright, omits Bergdahl

President Barack Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of stealing thousands of pages of classified material and sending them to WikiLeaks, and pardoned retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.


Obama commutes Manning’s sentence, pardons former Gen. Cartwright, omits Bergdahl

President Barack Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of stealing thousands of pages of classified material and sending them to Wikileaks, and pardoned retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.


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Bergdahl not on Obama’s December pardon list

President Barack Obama has granted 78 people pre-Christmas pardons, more than doubling the amount allowed during his eight-year tenure. But accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was not among them.


Prosecutors want to include evidence of only 2 injuries in Bergdahl case

Army prosecutors told a military judge Friday that they only intend to present evidence that two specific servicemembers were wounded while searching for accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he is court-martialed next year.


Bergdahl returns to court Friday; lawyers to battle over classified info, soldiers’ injuries

The military judge overseeing the court-martial of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will hear from government officials responsible for reviewing massive caches of classified information, which have been the basis for delaying the start of the trial twice.


Filmmaker behind Bergdahl's 'Serial' interviews settles suit with Army, avoids subpoena

Oscar-winning filmmaker Mark Boal said he has agreed on a settlement with the U.S. government that scuttles an Army plan to subpoena hours of recorded interviews with Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.


A pardon for Bowe Bergdahl? Unlikely, experts say

Not only has Obama granted few pardons, he also has demonstrated no interest in meddling with the military justice system, several experts on presidential pardons and military law told Stars and Stripes.


Bergdahl lawyers ask second appeals court to dismiss court-martial over McCain comments

Lawyers for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have asked a second appellate court to throw out charges against the soldier over comments made by Sen. John McCain that they claim could have unfairly influenced officials to proceed with a court-martial.


Government wants to push Bergdahl court-martial to May

Prosecutors in the court-martial of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are asking to delay the trial date while they continue to gather 6,000 classified documents.


Abrams to remain convening authority in Bergdahl case, judge rules

Gen. Robert Abrams will remain in charge of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial, a military judge ruled, rejecting defense attorneys’ claims he should be disqualified.


Bergdahl prosecutors push back against efforts to disqualify general

Prosecutors are pushing back against efforts by lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to have Gen. Robert Abrams disqualified as the court-martial convening authority, saying the defense team's issues are with the decades-old military justice system.


Pentagon: US military attempted rescue of professors kidnapped in Kabul

Navy SEALs killed more than a handful of Taliban-linked militants during a secret raid in Afghanistan last month, but they were unable to rescue the captives they sought to save, according to Pentagon officials.


Abrams: Bergdahl decision not influenced by McCain, others

Army Gen. Roberts Abrams said Wednesday that he was “absolutely not” influenced by comments made by Sen. John McCain or others when he elected to send accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial.


Prosecution: Bergdahl charges can't be dropped over McCain comments

Army Maj. Justin C. Oshana, the lead prosecutor in the court-martial, argued the defense attorney’s motion is irrelevant because McCain is not part of the chain of command and no judge has ever thrown out a case because of congressional meddling.


Judge: Abrams must testify about destroyed Bergdahl letters

The four-star Army general who sent accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case to a felony-level, general court-martial will be required to testify Wednesday about accusations that he destroyed letters related to the case, a military judge has ruled.


Bergdahl trial schedule in question as accused deserter returns to court

An Army judge is expected to decide Monday whether accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case was improperly influenced by a powerful senator or whether the four-star commander overseeing it must be dismissed.


Witness: Bergdahl spoke of leaving outpost to be hitman in Russia

Hours before disappearing from his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan, then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl asked a fellow soldier how one might become a hitman, saying he'd dreamed of joining the Russian mafia as an assassin, according to a sworn statement filed by Army prosecutors.


Bergdahl's lawyers want second forensic psychiatrist

Lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl want to even the playing field by hiring a second forensic psychiatrist, one more comparable to the renowned doctor hired by the government earlier this year as consultant on the soldier's mental capacity at the time of his captivity.


Bergdahl's lawyers say general burned letters, ask judge to cancel trial

Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years after abandoning a remote Army outpost in Afghanistan and faces criminal charges for leaving his unit, on Friday accused his top commander of burning more than 100 letters regarding the case.


Bergdahl lawyers want charges dropped over McCain comments

Attorneys for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl asked a military judge on Monday to dismiss charges against the soldier, contending the case has been unfairly influenced by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Bergdahl lawyers ask judge to remove soldier’s case from docket

Attorneys for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have asked a judge to remove the soldier’s case from the service’s court calendar after prosecutors asked for additional time to review thousands of documents containing classified evidence.


Oscar winner asks court to protect Bergdahl interview tapes

An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a judge to prevent the military from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, adding Hollywood intrigue to the soldier's prosecution on desertion accusations.


Bergdahl attorneys seek greater access to information

Alleged Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s attorneys contend the Army has treated their client “differently” from other soldiers accused of crimes.


Government posts documents related to Bergdahl court-martial

The Army has posted more than 40 documents related to its case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl online for public access.


Judge delays Bergdahl trial until February

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not face trial until at least February on accusations he deserted his post in Afghanistan and endangered the troops who spent months searching for him.


Bergdahl to return to court Tuesday after long pause in case

Progress in Bergdahl’s case had been halted since Feb. 5, when prosecutors asked an appellate court to overturn a military judge’s ruling that ordered them to turn over classified evidence to the soldier’s lawyers.


HOWARD ALTMAN COLUMN

When military makes mistakes, lessons need to be learned

When Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha was a boy, his father taught him life lessons. “It’s OK to make mistakes,” was one of them, Romesha said. “One of the greatest teaching tools is that you can learn from mistakes.”


FEATURE REPORT

Bergdahl, Franks: A tale of 2 'deserters'

Three months before Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his base in Afghanistan, 2nd Lt. Lawrence Franks walked away from his in upstate New York.


Bergdahl lawyer wants Army to turn over communications

The lawyer for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl wants the Army to turn over all of its communications with the Senate Armed Services Committee dating from mid-2014.


Command sergeant major: No troops died searching for Bergdahl

Command Sgt. Maj. Ken Wolf had a message for the families of troops killed in Afghanistan after Bowe Bergdahl walked off his post. “Their sons did not die looking for Pfc. Bergdahl,” Wolf said on Thursday’s “Serial” podcast, the 11th and final episode of the season.


Pentagon proposes changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice

The Pentagon has proposed significant changes to how troops are tried and sentenced, two years after a comprehensive review of the military justice system was ordered by then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the wake of persistent sexual assault controversies.


Army protests in court after Bergdahl's legal team releases transcript online

Army lawyers say the document's disclosure includes sensitive information in the controversial case and raises questions about whether Bergdahl's lawyers will appropriately handle classified information.


'Serial' podcast: Politics made Bergdahl a 'target'

The latest episode in the “Serial” podcast about Bowe Bergdahl explored how politics distorted the case from the moment the Army sergeant’s release from years of Taliban captivity was announced on a sunny May day in the White House Rose Garden in 2014.


Experts: Bergdahl defense pushing to change public perception

Nearly one year after the Army charged Bowe Bergdahl with crimes that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, the former Taliban captive’s defense team has launched an increasingly public campaign to change the narrative surrounding his court-martial.


'Serial' podcast says years of talks preceded Bergdahl release

Inside a secret safe house just outside Munich, Bowe Bergdahl started off as a line item, one of many on a list designed to kick-start peace talks in Afghanistan.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 2, 2014

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