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    Bowe Bergdahl court martial delayed until 2017

    (CNN) — Judge Jeffery Nance has decided Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face court martial February 6, 2017, the judge announced Tuesday at a hearing at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Bergdahl’s court martial for charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers was previously proposed for December but Nance had scheduling concerns. Nance also directed the prosecution to establish a digital public reading room for unclassified documents in the case. The defense had previously established a public room for their documents. […]

  • Bowe Bergdahl, 25, disappeared in June 2009 after he finished his guard shift at a combat outpost in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province. He has been seen in several videos released by the Taliban. He was released on May 31, 2014.

    New details hint at role of psychology in Bergdahl defense

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Well before Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his Army post in Afghanistan, he washed out of the Coast Guard during boot camp when he suffered a panic attack. Two years later, though, he joined the Army, obtaining a waiver from rules that bar the enlistment of those with psychological problems. The details about his mental health — including the Army’s later diagnosis of Bergdahl as suffering from “schizotypal personality disorder” — are contained in newly […]

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    Bowe Bergdahl diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder

    (CNN) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, was diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder upon his return to the United States, according to documents released by his defense team. The diagnosis was included in a document dump orchestrated by his defense team, which has lobbied for the release of more information about him in order to educate the public about his case. The website, called the “Bergdahl Docket,” includes hundreds […]

  • Bowe Bergdahl, 25, disappeared in June 2009 after he finished his guard shift at a combat outpost in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province. He has been seen in several videos released by the Taliban. He was released on May 31, 2014.

    Bergdahl lawyers seek meeting with Trump over statements

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have asked Donald Trump for a meeting to determine whether to seek a deposition or call him as a witness at a hearing. Bergdahl’s attorney, Army Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt, asks the presidential contender in a Saturday-dated letter for an interview to discuss his comments about Bergdahl. The letter sent to Trump’s New York office says the interview could determine whether they’ll seek a deposition or have him as a […]

  • Bowe Bergdahl, 25, disappeared in June 2009 after he finished his guard shift at a combat outpost in southeastern Afghanistan's Paktika province. He has been seen in several videos released by the Taliban. He was released on May 31, 2014.

    Bowe Bergdahl faces court-martial and possible life imprisonment

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a military court on charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers, the U.S. Army announced Monday. Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, ordered the court-martial on Monday, breaking with the U.S. military officer overseeing Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing who recommended that Bergdahl be referred to a special court-martial and face no jail time. Abrams on Monday ordered Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial, which means Bergdahl could […]

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    Terror threat dominates ‘undercard’ GOP debate

      LAS VEGAS (CNN) — National security, the fight against ISIS and the role of Muslims in American society immediately dominated Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate — the first since terror attacks shook Paris and San Bernardino, California. Four lower-polling GOP White House hopefuls kicked off CNN’s so-called “undercard” debate by raising alarm about the threat of radical Islam. And many slammed the proposal from Donald Trump, the party’s front-runner, to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the United States. “You […]

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    Bowe Bergdahl charges referred to general court-martial

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a military court on charges of desertion and endangering fellow soldiers, the U.S. Army announced Monday. Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command, ordered the court-martial on Monday, breaking with the U.S. military officer overseeing Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing who recommended that Bergdahl be referred to a special court-martial and face no jail time. Abrams on Monday ordered Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial, which means Bergdahl could face […]

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    Bowe Bergdahl talks about leaving Army unit in Afghanistan: I wanted to be Jason Bourne

    WASHINGTON — It took just 20 minutes for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to realize he’d made a grave mistake by departing his Army unit in Afghanistan in the middle of a June 2009 night. He was armed with only knives and aware that he’d face serious punishment — or perhaps even be shot, if his identity was mistaken as he approached the outpost — if he turned back. “I’m going, ‘Good grief, I’m in over my head,'” Bergdahl said in a […]

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    Serial season 2 is now live, and Bowe Bergdahl is the subject

    NEW YORK — Now playing on iTunes: season two of Serial, the most popular podcast of all time. The mega-hit is back. This time the producers are investigating the case of Bowe Bergdahl, a U.S. soldier who left his base in Afghanistan in 2009, was captured by the Taliban and was accused of deserting his unit. In episode one, host Sarah Koenig raised questions about trust while setting up Bergdahl’s story. Future episodes, released weekly, will present differing accounts from […]

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    Army hearing officer recommends no jail for Bowe Bergdahl, lawyers say

    The U.S. military officer in charge of last month’s hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has recommended he not do any jail time, Bergdahl’s legal team says. In a memorandum dated Friday, the legal team said it agreed with Lt. Col. Mark Visger’s conclusion that their client be referred to a special court-martial and receive neither jail time nor a punitive discharge. The recommendation, which hasn’t been announced publicly by the U.S. military, is a significant development for Bergdahl, who […]