Forces Command Media Release – “Army Holds Legal Motions Hearing in Sgt. Bergdahl Case”


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

Sept. 28, 2016 | Noon, Wednesday
For Immediate Release
Army Holds Legal Motions Hearing
in Sgt. Bergdahl Case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance conducted an Article 39(a) Motions Hearing Sept. 28 on Fort Bragg, N.C., in the case of United States vs. Sgt. Robert B. Bergdahl.

The Sept. 28, 2016, military legal hearing convened at 9:01 a.m. and adjourned at 10:53 a.m.  Trial counsel present were Maj. Justin C. Oshana with assistant trial counsel Maj. Jerrod Fussnecker and Capt. Eileen Whipple.  Defense counsel present were 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 with both legal counsel a number of recent and pending motions introduced recently and dating to the previous Fort Bragg hearing dates in August 2016.  Motions and discussions included:  efforts by the government to continue providing classified documents and automated-search software to defense counsel; associated deadlines for invocation of classified-information privilege under military rules of evidence; ongoing motions to disqualify the General Court-martial Convening Authority; and motions concerning evidence of injuries and witnesses associated with the 2009 search in Afghanistan for Sgt. Bergdahl.

The next legal-motions hearing currently is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2016.

The trial is 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 or


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