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Sgt. Bergdahl Pleads Guilty

Posted on October 17, 2017

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy at his court-martial yesterday. Apparently the plea came without any agreement with the government, suggesting that Bergdahl is, in effect, throwing himself on the mercy of the military judge (he elected to have his case tried before a judge alone rather than a panel of officers). As you would expect, CAAFlog has expert commentary. I wrote about the case last year mainly because it shared something in common with the Belfast Project case: the defendant had made what amounted to a detailed taped confession to someone other than his lawyer or his priest, namely journalist and film producer Mark Boal; the confession had become publicly known (the tapes of their conversations were…

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Boal v. United States: The Bergdahl Case, Serial, and the Belfast Project

Posted on July 22, 2016

Season 2 of the excellent podcast, Serial, featured the story of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who walked away from his post in Afghanistan, was captured and held for about five years by the Taliban before being released in a prisoner exchange. He is to be tried by a general court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. For a good explanation of the case from military law experts, you may want to read CAAFLog’s coverage, and in particular, a recent article explaining some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Army’s charging decision.

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