Bowe Bergdahl

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Bergdahl case undeserving of a ‘preemptive’ pardon from Obama

In February, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a general court-martial based on two charges: “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.” His attorney has filed a petition seeking a preemptive presidential pardon.

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Bergdahl’s charges: Was there political pressure to toughen them?

In the months after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity, senior Army officials responsible for determining why he walked off his outpost and for recommending what the consequences should be struck a far milder and more sympathetic tone than Army commanders who are now pursuing charges that could send him to prison for life, new documents show.

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents' press conference after his release

The parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl speak to the media Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Gowen Field in Boise, ID. Bergdahl was held for five years by an affiliate of the Taliban before he was swapped for five Guantanamo Bay prisoners on May 31, 2014.
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
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