Charges have been filed against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Military prosecutors have dug down deep and reached into a section of military law seldom used since World War II. He was charged with a misbehavior before the enemy charge, a rare offense that carries a stiffer penalty than just being charged with desertion which he has also been charged with.
“I’ve never seen it charged,” Walter Huffman, a retired major general who served as the Army’s top lawyer, said of the misbehavior charge. “It’s not something you find in common everyday practice in the military.”
Bergdahl could face a life sentence if convicted of the charge, which accuses him of endangering fellow soldiers when he “left without authority; and wrongfully caused search and recovery operations.”
by JONATHAN DREW