30 Jun '17, 11pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has yet to enter a plea to those charges

WASHINGTON — 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. That judge, Col. Jeffery R. Nance, ruled Thursday against a motion by defense attorneys to drop the rarely tried misbehavior before the enemy charge that asserts he endangered the soldiers in his unit by leaving his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009. Bergdahl’s lawyers had argued prosecutors failed to name a specific offense in the misbehavior charge and wrongly used it to seek a more serious punishment than a desertion charge carries. Nance wrote in his decision that the charge does state an offense and added the Bergdahl would have known he would be punished for leaving his post in a war zone without authorization. “There is simply no way the accused could not...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/judge-won-t-drop-rare-mis...

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