Sentencing of Bergdahl Delayed

Oct 24, 2017

The much anticipated sentencing hearing of Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was delayed until Wednesday. Bergdahl’s attorney’s successfully argued that the latest comments by President Trump “may threaten public confidence in military courts.” Last week Bergdahl pleaded guilty to charges of “desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.” He faces a potential life sentence in prison. During the campaign, Donald Trump suggested that Bergdahl should be shot or even thrown out of an airplane without a parachute. Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, the judge overseeing the case, thinks he can be fair and impartial. He is planning to retire and his future career is “isn’t bent on securing promotions.” Nance said, “The member of the public that we are interested in maintaining confidence in the military justice system … is going to be influenced by context.” Bergdahl’s attorney’s hope that their client will be given a lenient sentence in light of the five years of captivity that he endured while in the hands of the Taliban.