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Army hearing for Bowe Bergdahl pushed back from July to September

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says it has pushed back the date for a preliminary hearing for Bowe Bergdahl the sergeant who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years. Bergdahl is charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. His hearing had been scheduled for July 8. But the Army says that at the request of Bergdahl's lawyers, the hearing was put off until Sept. 17 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston in Texas. His preliminary hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial for trial. Officials say the Idaho native left his post in Afghanistan and was captured by the Taliban. He was released in a prisoner exchange for five Taliban commanders.

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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