Bergdahl Thanks Obama for 'Saving His Life': Lawyer
Former POW lawyers up with Eugene Fidell amid investigation
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 10:34 AM CDT
Eugene R. Fidell, the lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Wednesday, July 16, 2014.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Bowe Bergdahl has lawyered up as he readies for a US army investigation into his 2009 disappearance. The former Taliban POW has recruited Eugene Fidell—a Yale military justice professor and "the best in his field," according to a colleague—to represent him, NBC News reports. Fidell, who previously criticized the military during the Chelsea Manning case, says he's flattered to have been chosen by Bergdahl, who is back on active duty and proud to be wearing a US Army uniform. Fidell adds to the Daily Beast, "Sergeant Bergdahl is deeply grateful to President Obama for saving his life."

Though he refuses to talk strategy, Fidell told the press just last month, before taking on the case, that Bergdahl could see five years in prison, though he added "you typically don't throw the book at people" who have been prisoners. Meanwhile, the New York Times now reports "the circumstances of Sergeant Bergdahl’s day-to-day life are not like any other soldier's." A source explains that the Army, in seeking to "reintegrate" Bergdahl, has had soldiers both praise him for surviving years with the Taliban and accuse him of being a deserter—just as he might expect in real life. "It’s a rigorous program that the Army runs," says Fidell. "It’s every intensive and very carefully done, and he has cooperated fully."

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HANKHILL
Jul 18, 2014 8:16 PM CDT
what a sick joke this is! just hang bergdahl now or feed him only pork for the rest of his life!
BillyB
Jul 18, 2014 8:09 AM CDT
That deserter should be jailed and court-martialed.
2cent
Jul 18, 2014 12:50 AM CDT
Bowe knows desertion.