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

Aug. 8, 2017 | 11:15 a.m.
For Immediate Release

Army Holds Legal Motions Hearing Aug. 8 in Sgt. Bergdahl Case

FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Army Judge Col. Jeffery R. Nance conducted an Article 39(a) Motions Hearing Aug. 8 on Fort Bragg, N.C., in the case of United States vs. Sgt. Robert B. Bergdahl.

The hearing began at 9 a.m. and adjourned at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday.

Trial counsel present were: Maj. Justin C. Oshana with assistant trial counsel Maj. Jerrod Fussnecker, Capt. Ann Rutherford and Capt. Nicole Ulrich. Defense counsel present were: Lt. Col. Franklin D. Rosenblatt with assistant defense counsel Maj. Jason Thomas, Maj. Oren Gleich, Capt. Nina Banks and Capt. Jennifer Norvell.

Counsel for both sides discussed proposed instructions that the judge potentially would issue to military panel members (known as jurors in civilian legal proceedings); whether the government had to provide further details on the charges; and a defense request for CNN footage of an interview with Navy Senior Petty Officer (Retired) James Hatch, a former Navy SEAL.

The next legal-motions hearing date currently is scheduled for Sept. 17. The trial currently is scheduled for Oct. 23, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. The voir dire process for potential military panel members currently is scheduled for Oct. 16 – 20, 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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