Still Facing Army Investigation, Bergdahl Hires Attorney

Jul 16, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Credit U.S. Army / via Wikimedia Commons

Former Taliban captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired an attorney to represent him through the Army’s investigation of his actions in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon reports that attorney Eugene Fidell has been in conversation with the Army officer handling Bergdahl’s case.  

Fidell is well-known in military circles as a co-founder and former president of the National Institute of Military Justice. Fidell teaches military justice at Yale Law School, is a member of the Defense Legal Policy Board of the Department of Defense and is a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.

The Associated Press reports Bergdahl hired the well-known attorney to represent him as the Army investigates the events in Afghanistan before Bergdahl was captured five years ago, including how and why he left his post.

The Taliban returned Bergdahl to the Army May 31 in exchange for five top-level detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Bergdahl has been at Fort Sam Houston since June, first undergoing reintegration treatment at BAMC and now living on post and working at a desk job at Army North.