Lawyer In Bergdahl Desertion Case Seeks Dismissal of General

Citing a conflict of interest, lawyers for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl sought to have the general overseeing the military legal proceedings disqualified from the case.
The former Taliban prisoner captured in Afghanistan during 2009 has been charged with desertion.
Bergdahl was released in May 2014 in a prisoner swap with the Taliban after five years in captivity.
The motion filed by attorney Eugene Fidell with a military appeals court argued that General Mark Milley's nomination to serve as the Army's chief of staff could impact the case.
Milley is serving as the "convening authority" overseeing the case.
Authorities charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in March.
He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious count.
A preliminary hearing is set for September at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.



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