On Tuesday, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was arraigned for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, which carry five year and life sentences, respectively.

From the AP:

Bergdahl was arraigned during a short hearing and deferred entering a plea and did not decide whether he wants to face a court-martial with a jury or one with just a judge. He said little beyond answering “yes” and “no” questions about whether he understood his rights and the court proceedings. He wore an Army dress uniform with a dark blue jacket and pants and had closely cropped hair.

The judge, Col. Christopher Fredrikson, scheduled a pretrial hearing for January 12.


Bergdahl’s case is notably the subject of this season of Serial. When I mentioned that actual breaking news in the Bergdahl case was a spoiler, commenters got mad, so say goodbye to colorful writing and desertion-related puns forever.

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