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Judge: Bergdahl bears some responsibility for triggering dangerous search missions

Posted at 11:14 AM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 13:14:36-05

A military judge weighing evidence of injuries to two servicemen who searched for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says the soldier bears some responsibility for triggering dangerous search missions after he walked off his post.

But the judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said at a pretrial hearing Friday at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that he still hasn't decided how far he'll let prosecutors go -- if at all -- in using this evidence. One soldier was shot in the head and suffered a traumatic brain injury; the other required hand surgery.

One of the prosecutors, Army Maj. Justin Oshana, argued that the soldiers' injuries go to the heart of the accusation that Bergdahl endangered comrades by walking off his post in 2009.

But defense attorney Army Maj. Oren Gleich said many other factors having little or nothing to do with Bergdahl coalesced into the hastily planned mission.

(by Associated Press)