RALEIGH, N.C. — Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has decided be to tried by a judge, not a military jury, on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.
Bergdahl’s lawyers told the court in a brief filing last week that their client chose trial by judge alone, rather than a panel of officers. He faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy at his trial scheduled for late October at Fort Bragg. The latter carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban shortly after he left his remote post in 2009.