Bowe Bergdahl is reportedly pleading guilty to both desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the discussion now turns to what his punishment should be.
CNN’s John Berman, is wondering aloud if he’ll be sentenced to more time “beyond what he already served in captivity w Taliban”. Yes, he said that on a news network.
I’ve seen a lot of talk of Bergdahl getting life in prison. I disagree completely, Bergdahl should face the noose and should hang for his crimes.
The applicable portions of the codes, 10 U.S. Code § 889 – Art. 99 and 10 U.S. Code § 885 -Art. 85.
10 U.S. Code § 889 – Art. 99 Misbehavior before the enemy
Any member of the armed forces who before or in the presence of the enemy—
(1) runs away;(3) through disobedience, neglect, or intentional misconduct endangers the safety of any such command, unit, place, or military property;
(4) casts away his arms or ammunition;
(5) is guilty of cowardly conduct;
(8) willfully fails to do his utmost to encounter, engage, capture, or destroy any enemy troops, combatants, vessels, aircraft, or any other thing, which it is his duty so to encounter, engage, capture, or destroy; or
shall be punished by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct.10 U.S. Code § 885 – Art. 85. Desertion(a)Any member of the armed forces who—
- (1) without authority goes or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to remain away therefrom permanently;
- (2) quits his unit, organization, or place of duty with intent to avoid hazardous duty or to shirk important service;
(c) Any person found guilty of desertion or attempt to desert shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct, but if the desertion or attempt to desert occurs at any other time, by such punishment, other than death, as a court-martial may direct.