22 AUG. 2016, 4:15 P.M.


Media Release
U.S. Army Forces Command
Directorate of Public Affairs
4700 Knox Street
Fort Bragg, N.C. 28310

Aug. 22, 2016 | 4:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday
For Immediate Release

Army Holds Legal Motions Hearing in Sgt. Bergdahl Case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance convened an Article 39(a) Motions Hearing Aug. 22 on Fort Bragg, N.C., in the case of United States vs. Sgt. Robert B. Bergdahl.  The Aug. 22, 2016, military legal hearing convened at 9:10 a.m. and adjourned at 3:36 p.m.

Trial counsel present were Maj. Justin C. Oshana with assistant trial counsel Maj. Jerrod Fussnecker and Capt. Eileen Whipple.  Defense counsel present were Mr. Eugene Fidell and Lt. Col. Franklin D. Rosenblatt, with assistant defense counsel Maj. Jason Thomas, Maj. Oren Gleich, Capt. Jennifer D. Norvell, and Mr. William Helixon.

The military judge discussed specific legal motions by trial counsel and defense counsel, including those relating to providing documents and criterion used by the government to identify relevant documents associated with this case; a motion to disqualify the convening authority; a motion to compel expert assistance; and a motion on whether certain evidence should be excluded for the trial. Witness testimony included Army paralegal Sgt. Destiny C. Daughtrey and Army psychiatrist Dr. (Lt. Col.) Scott C. Moran.

The motions hearing will resume Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 24.

The trial remains scheduled for Feb. 6, 2017.

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Media may direct questions to the U.S. Army Forces Command Public Affairs Office at Fort Bragg, N.C., at telephone 910-570-7200 or 910-570-7217, or by E-mail to john.p.boyce2.civ@mail.mil or james.e.hinnant.civ@mail.


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