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Bergdahl to go to general court martial, rather than lower-level misdemeanor court

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, according to an attorney for the captured soldier who was released by the Taliban in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay. The AP reports that attorney Eugene Fidell said Monday the convening authority — a high-ranking officer charged with deciding whether evidence warrants a court-martial — did not follow the advice of a preliminary hearing officer. The officer had recommended that Bergdahl's case be moved to a special misdemeanor-level military court.

Fidell said he had "hoped the case would not go in this direction." You can read the full report here from AP reporter Deb Riechmann in Washington, D.C.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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