U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is being arraigned on charges of desertion and endangering U.S. troops at a court in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: RESENDING WITH REVISED INTRO LINE ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner after leaving his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, will be arraigned on Tuesday (December 22) on charges spurred by his disappearance. Bergdahl, 29, was ordered last week to face court-martial after being charged earlier this year with desertion and endangering U.S. troops, with the latter offense carrying a life sentence if he is convicted. His case has been controversial. Some soldiers resented the military resources devoted to searching for Bergdahl, and Republicans criticized the Obama administration for the deal that freed him in a prisoner swap with the Taliban in 2014. Bergdahl is now stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, near the hospital where he has been treated since his release from captivity. He will be arraigned by a military judge at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. His lawyers could push to have the trial moved back to Texas, said Geoffrey Corn, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who teaches at the South Texas College of Law.