Army: Bergdahl to face highest level military court-martial
The Army said Monday it would refer the desertion case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to the highest level of military court-martial, which can impose a harsh penalty.
Bergdahl is charged with walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 before he was captured by Taliban insurgents, who held him for nearly five years.
The Army decision to hold a "general court-martial" preserves the option to impose punishment up to life in prison if Bergdahl is found guilty.
In making the announcement, the Army rejected a recommendation from an Army investigating officer that the case be heard by a "special court-martial," which is limited in the punishments it can impose. The officer recommended that Bergdahl be spared jail time or a punitive discharge.
Bergdahl's defense attorney, Eugene Fidell, said in a statement that the defense team "hoped the case would not go in this direction."
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Must be something to this. ;) What do you 'spose they will do to him? Will obama intervene?