Deserter Bowe Bergdahl's Sentencing Hearing Begins, May Get Life In Prison

Deserter Bowe Bergdahl's Sentencing Hearing Begins, May Get Life In Prison

The judge deciding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's punishment said Monday he is concerned that President Donald Trump's comments about the case could impact the public's perception of the military justice system.

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who walked off his base in Afghanistan, is whining that the U.S. treated him worse than the Taliban.

The Bergdahl sentencing hearing is set to resume Wednesday.

He could face life in prison.

"I think people have heard my comments in the past", Trump said.

"At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, "I'm the guy who's gonna cut your throat, '" Bergdahl, 31, tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times Magazine titled 'The Homecoming from Hell".

The court wrote in Boyce that "the appearance of unlawful command influence" exists "where an objective, disinterested observer, fully informed of all the facts and circumstances, would harbor a significant double about the fairness of the proceeding" - a calculus evident in Nance's own public comments on October 23. This time, Fidell pointed to comments the president made to reporters last week when asked about Bergdahl.

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Bergdahl pleaded guilty last week to one count of "desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty" and one count of "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place".

"Had they changed, he would have said so", they argued.

In his trial, Bergdahl says that he had been attemtping to report "a critical problem in my chain of command", (although what that problem was remained unspecified) leading up to his desertion, according to CNN. He called the prosecutor's argument about the latest statement "a strained interpretation".

A Taliban prisoner swap that won his release in 2014, organized by the administration of then-Democratic President Barack Obama, was criticized by people in the military and by Republicans. Now, the disgraced military officer awaits his sentencing.

"I don't have any doubt whatsoever I can be fair and impartial", he said.

"Because if I am willing to risk leaving the wire at a defense point, in the middle of a war zone, that we have been attacked at, that we have been blown up at, on multiple occasions, if this guy is willing to risk doing that, and then shows up again at the FOB, [the general] is going to want to know why and he is going to want to listen to this guy", Bergdahl told now-Lt.

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