Lawyer: Bergdahl to get little or no jail time

The attorney representing army deserter Bowe Berghdal says that the officer who presided over his Article 32 hearing last month told him that his client will not face a full court martial, but rather a lower level court martial that will likely keep Bergdahl out of jail altogether.

USA Today:

The officer in charge of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's Article 32 preliminary hearing has recommended that the soldier accused of desertion avoid jail time for his actions, according to Bergdahl's civil defense attorney.

Lt. Col. Mark Visger's report to Gen. Robert Abrams, the head of Army Forces Command who is in charge of the case, also will advise that the matter be decided at a special court-martial, lawyer Eugene Fidell told Army Timeson Saturday, confirming reports in other media outlets. Soldiers facing special courts-martial can receive no more than a year in jail and no worse than a bad-conduct discharge; punishments regarding hard labor and pay forfeiture have similar restrictions.

Visger also recommended Bergdahl not face a punitive discharge for his alleged actions, Fidell said. A memo from Bergdahl's defense team to Visger regarding the report — released late Friday by Fidell to media members — said the officer's recommendations didn't go far enough and requested nonjudicial punishment, better known as an Article 15, instead of a special court-martial.

Visger isn't the first officer connected with the case to recommend against jail time; Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who was charged with investigating Bergdahl's 2009 capture by the Taliban, testified last month that the now-29-year-old soldier should not be imprisoned for his actions.

The memo to Visger also requests that his report be made public — a familiar request from Fidell regarding evidence related to the case.

Bergdahl couldn't be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because that would make Barack Obama look bad. The fix was in on this case from the start, as Obama not only had to justify releasing 5 terrorist leaders in exchange for a deserter, but also statements made by him and his aides that suggested Bergdahl's service was "honorable." Hence, the military adjusts their case based on the narrative that has been put out by the White House on Bergdahl.

In the bizarro world of the Obama White House, "serving honorably" means walking away from your post in a combat zone to treat with the enemy. Any suffering that Bergdahl experienced at the hands of the terrorists was brought on by his own actions. So we're supposed to feel sorry for him? 

All hail the bloody narrative.

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