An attempt by alleged Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to evade justice by playing the Trump card has failed decisively.
According to Politico, Bergdahl’s defense attorneys had argued that comments President Donald Trump made during his presidential campaign last year about their client being a “dirty rotten traitor” had prejudiced the case, making it impossible for the accused deserter to obtain a fair and impartial trial.
Military judge Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance disagreed, arguing that while Trump’s words were “troubling,” they did not prejudice the court.
“No reasonable member of the public, apprised of all the facts and circumstances and seeing campaign rhetoric for what it is, would believe that because candidate Trump said those troubling things and is now President Trump, the accused has been or will be denied a fair trial,” Nance wrote in an 8-page decision Friday.
This ruling meant that Bergdahl was still slated to go on trial in two months for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. It was believed that he had purposely deserted his unit in Afghanistan eight years ago and then voluntarily become a captive of the Taliban.
During the subsequent search for him, eight American soldiers died. Moreover, five seasoned terrorists were swapped for his release three years ago by the administration of then-President Barack Obama.
Despite the evidence against Bergdahl, and despite the judge’s ruling Friday, his attorneys reportedly planned to appeal the decision to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Virginia, as noted by Reuters.
“Our position is that President Trump’s comments during the campaign repeatedly vilifying Sgt. Bergdahl prevents (sic) him from getting a fair trial,” attorney Eugene Fidell told Reuters in a phone interview.
Fidell sounded like a broken record. The fact of the matter is that the whole country likely already knew what Bergdahl had been accused of doing in Afghanistan, regardless of what the president said.
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