Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Week (US) - - News 7 -

No prison for Bergdahl: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Tal­iban for five years after leav­ing his post in Afghanistan, avoided prison time for de­ser­tion at his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing last week, but was or­dered de­moted and dis­hon­or­ably dis­charged from the Army. Bergdahl pleaded guilty last month to de­ser­tion as well as “mis­be­hav­ior be­fore the en­emy,” which car­ries a po­ten­tial life sen­tence. But Bergdahl’s le­gal team ar­gued for le­niency, say­ing that he had paid for his crimes by suf­fer­ing tor­ture in captivity. Pres­i­dent Trump, who on the cam­paign trail cas­ti­gated Bergdahl as a “dirty rot­ten traitor,” may have con­trib­uted to the lighter sen­tence after he crit­i­cized Bergdahl pub­licly dur­ing the trial. “The mil­i­tary jus­tice sys­tem is very, very vig­i­lant about un­law­ful com­mand in­flu­ence im­pact­ing sol­diers’ abil­ity to get a fair trial,” said Ge­of­frey Corn, a re­tired Army lieu­tenant colonel.

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