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Judge rejects ruling in Bowe Bergdahl case

Once the whole world was was concentrated in the small town of Haley, Idaho. Disturbing Taliban videos showed Bowe Bergdahl, an Idaho native and Haley resident, being held captive in Afghanistan. The depiction of a captured American evoked memories of the Tehran hostage crisis and the prisoners of war in the Vietnam War.

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Idaho residents and Americans pressured the Obama administration to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home. (Secretly, local military officials warned us by the time there was more to the story than what the public had been led to believe.)

Bergdahl's defense

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President Obama eventually made a deal with the Taliban and sent several terrorists back to Afghanistan. In exchange, he secured the release of Staff Sergeant Bergdahl after five years in captivity. He was later charged and convicted of desertion and misconduct. He was demoted, dishonorably discharged, and fined $10,000.

Bowe Bergdahl

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Military.com reports that his conviction was overturned because Mr. Bergdahl's judge did not disclose his application for a position in the Trump administration. The government argues that the cost of another trial would be too high and unnecessary.

We will inform you about the date of the appeal hearing.

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