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    Bowe Bergdahl expected to plead guilty in desertion case today.

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges that he endangered comrades by walking away from a remote post in Afghanistan in 2009.
    The U.S. Army said Bergdahl asked to enter his plea before the military judge at Fort Bragg. The Associated Press previously reported that he’s expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
    It’s not clear if Bergdahl, 31, has a deal with prosecutors to limit his punishment, or if he’s simply pleading guilty in hopes of leniency from the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while the desertion charge is punishable by up to five years.
    Guilty pleas would bring the highly politicized saga closer to an end eight years after Bergdahl’s disappearance in Afghanistan set off search missions by scores of his fellow service members. President Barack Obama was criticized by Republicans for the 2014 Taliban prisoner swap that brought Bergdahl home, while President Donald Trump harshly criticized Bergdahl on the campaign trail.
    Meanwhile, serious wounds to service members who searched for Bergdahl are expected to play a role in his sentencing. While guilty pleas would allow him to avoid a trial, he’d still face a sentencing hearing in late October. Bergdahl’s five years of captivity by the Taliban and its allies also will likely play a role in what punishment he receives.
    Bergdahl’s lawyers are expected to reveal in court Monday whether there’s a plea agreement in place to cap his punishment, or if he’s pleading guilty without such a deal in what’s known colloquially as a “naked plea.” In either scenario, his punishment won’t be known until after the judge holds the sentencing hearing that’s expected to start on Oct. 23. Bergdahl, who’s from Hailey, Idaho, previously chose to have his case heard by a judge alone, rather than a jury.
    Legal scholars have said that several pretrial rulings against the defense have given prosecutors leverage to pursue stiff punishment against Bergdahl. Perhaps most significant was the judge’s decision in June to allow evidence of serious wounds to service members who searched for Bergdahl at the sentencing phase. The judge ruled that a Navy SEAL and an Army National Guard sergeant wouldn’t have wound up in separate firefights that left them wounded if they hadn’t been searching for Bergdahl.
    The defense also was rebuffed in an effort to prove President Donald Trump had unfairly swayed the case with scathing criticism of Bergdahl, including suggestions of harsh punishment. The judge wrote in a February ruling that Trump’s campaign-trail comments were “disturbing and disappointing” but did not constitute unlawful command influence by the soon-to-be commander in chief.
    Defense attorneys have acknowledged that Bergdahl walked off his base without authorization. Bergdahl himself told a general during a preliminary investigation that he left intending to cause alarm and draw attention to what he saw as problems with his unit. He was soon captured.
    But the defense team has argued that Bergdahl can’t be held responsible for a long chain of events that included many decisions by others on how to conduct the searches.
    The military probe of Bergdahl began soon after he was freed from captivity on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners. Facing Republican criticism, Obama noted that the U.S. doesn’t leave its service members behind.
    Bergdahl has been assigned to desk duty at a Texas Army base while his case unfolds.
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    Anyone else still following this? Task & Purpose had a really interesting podcast that went along with this story.
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    I am!

    I am so curious to see how his guilty plea plays out, either with or without a deal.
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    I am!

    I am so curious to see how his guilty plea plays out, either with or without a deal.
    I beleive there was no agreed sentence
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    I beleive there was no agreed sentence
    I read that in an article while at the gym. So will his defense and the prosecuter discuss a sentence agreement now or it's just left in the judge's hands.

    I normally ask my best friend, who is a paralegal, but they are busy today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistertwin View Post
    I read that in an article while at the gym. So will his defense and the prosecuter discuss a sentence agreement now or it's just left in the judge's hands.

    I normally ask my best friend, who is a paralegal, but they are busy today.
    you are able to read at thw gym? I can hardly skip songs on my phone without falling off the eliptical.


    I have not heard of this guy (I live under a rock) did he just walk away? What originally happened?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic2Doula View Post
    you are able to read at thw gym? I can hardly skip songs on my phone without falling off the eliptical.


    I have not heard of this guy (I live under a rock) did he just walk away? What originally happened?
    He was an Army Private who walked off of his observation post during the middle of his duty shift in just his bullet proof gear and a knife. People have said he planned this (sent things home in advance of leaving) because he was disillusioned with the way the war was going (back in 2009). He has said he did it to raise awareness of poor leadership at his post. When he walked off, he was almost immediately captured.
    In 2014 President Obama approved the release of a negotiation wherein 5 Taliban held at Guantanamo Bay were released in exchanged for Bergdahl. He was given a heroes welcome home and was even promoted to Sargent in absentee while captured. Shortly after his release video surfaced as well as stories from fellow soldiers. The video showed him out playing soccer while captured and the stories talked about him walking off. He was then charged with desertion and misbehavior in front of the enemy. He moved for dismissal because then candidate Trump made comments saying how Bergdahl should be shot. His attorneys argued that since Trump became President, Bergdahl couldn't get a fair trial. That motion was denied. While making his plea, apparently Bergdahl echoed the sentiment that he couldn't get a fair trial.
    Sentencing hearing has been set for the 23rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HisJuliet View Post
    He was an Army Private who walked off of his observation post during the middle of his duty shift in just his bullet proof gear and a knife. People have said he planned this (sent things home in advance of leaving) because he was disillusioned with the way the war was going (back in 2009). He has said he did it to raise awareness of poor leadership at his post. When he walked off, he was almost immediately captured.
    In 2014 President Obama approved the release of a negotiation wherein 5 Taliban held at Guantanamo Bay were released in exchanged for Bergdahl. He was given a heroes welcome home and was even promoted to Sargent in absentee while captured. Shortly after his release video surfaced as well as stories from fellow soldiers. The video showed him out playing soccer while captured and the stories talked about him walking off. He was then charged with desertion and misbehavior in front of the enemy. He moved for dismissal because then candidate Trump made comments saying how Bergdahl should be shot. His attorneys argued that since Trump became President, Bergdahl couldn't get a fair trial. That motion was denied. While making his plea, apparently Bergdahl echoed the sentiment that he couldn't get a fair trial.
    Sentencing hearing has been set for the 23rd.
    wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic2Doula View Post
    wow.
    It's been fascinating. I think the desertion charge carries a possibly 5 year sentence whereas the misbehavior before the enemy charge carries possible life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic2Doula View Post
    you are able to read at thw gym? I can hardly skip songs on my phone without falling off the eliptical.
    . I don't do the elliptical. After weights, I do 10 miles on the bike. Prime time to read
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    Quote Originally Posted by twistertwin View Post
    I read that in an article while at the gym. So will his defense and the prosecuter discuss a sentence agreement now or it's just left in the judge's hands.

    I normally ask my best friend, who is a paralegal, but they are busy today.
    They each argue to the judge, and judge has discretion to do as he sees fit.
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