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Judge will allow evidence of injuries in Bergdahl sentencing

Evidence that a soldier and a Navy Seal who were injured on missions to search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be permitted during the sentencing portion of his court-martial, according to a ruling from the military judge on Friday.


Judge won’t drop rare misbehavior charge against Bergdahl

The Army judge overseeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial declined to drop the rare misbehavior charge that could land the former Taliban captive in prison for the rest of his life.


Bergdahl lawyers want to ask potential jurors if they voted for Trump

Lawyers for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Wednesday they want to ask prospective jurors in the soldier’s court-martial about their opinions on President Donald Trump to ensure their client receives a fair trial.

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Trump says he might not obey Guantanamo and marijuana provisions in spending law

Trump’s language on Guantanamo was similar to a more expansive signing statement that President Barack Obama issued in November 2015 in response to congressional restrictions on Guantanamo transfers.


Judge moves Bergdahl trial to October

The military judge overseeing the court-martial of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl set an October trial date for the case during a hearing Friday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.


Motions hearings for Bergdahl Friday at Fort Bragg

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected in court Friday morning as motions hearings leading up to his court-martial continue at Fort Bragg.


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Bergdahl trial delayed as his lawyers appeal to highest military court over Trump comments

The court-martial against accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was delayed this week as his attorneys asked a third court to dismiss the case over disparaging comments President Donald Trump often repeated on the campaign trail about the former Taliban captive.


Senator: Marines set to consider charges in recruit's death

Nearly a year after 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui fell three stories to his death at Parris Island, S.C., no charges have been filed against the still-unnamed drill instructor accused of hitting him and forcing him to run back and forth in a training barracks even after Siddiqui requested medical attention.


Bergdahl appeals judge’s decision not to dismiss case over Trump comments

Lawyers for accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl asked an appellate court on Monday to overturn a military judge’s decision not to dismiss the court-martial against the soldier over repeated, negative comments made by President Donald Trump.


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.


US team uses Facebook, guerrilla marketing to peel off potential Islamic State recruits

Sometime today, a teenager in Tunis will check his smartphone for the latest violent video from the Islamic State. But the images that pop up first will be of a different genre: young Muslims questioning the morality of terrorists who slaughter innocents and enslave girls for sex.


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.


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.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 2, 2014

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