CNN: Bowe Bergdahl Does Not Enter Plea at Arraignment

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was arraigned on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy during a hearing preceding his court martial at Fort Bragg, North Carolina

RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

“A bit of more breaking news. We’re watching sergeant Bowe Bergdahl watch out of the courtroom flanked by co-counsel. Around 9:45 Bergdahl walked into the courtroom to wait for the judge. he was in military dress, clean-shaven and sat sprees expressionless waiting for the judge. Once the judge arrived, the arraignment lasted ten minutes. The judge asked if he was okay with his counsel and he answered, sir, yes, sir. That’s how he responded to most of the questions. He deferred to enter a plea. He had that opportunity, Carol. He was also asked whether or not he wanted a trial by a judge or at five officer members of his peers. He deferred that. Also waived his right to hear the charges against him in open court. Part of the controversy, of course, is the type of court-martial hearing Bergdahl is facing. In a preliminary hearing the presiding officer recommended a special court-martial that would carry a maximum one year in custody. Top brass in the U.S. army decided not to follow that recommendation. Now instead pursuing this regular court-martial case. He’s charged with desertion as well as misbehavior in front of the enemy. That desertion charge, carol, could face him with life in prison if he’s convicted. Again, we’re just watching Bowe Bergdahl take off from Ft. Bragg courtroom facility where the arraignment has just wrapped up.”

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