Bergdahl lawyers ask judge to remove soldier’s case from docket
WASHINGTON — Attorneys for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have asked a judge to remove the soldier’s case from the service’s court calendar after prosecutors asked for additional time to review thousands of documents containing classified evidence.
Prosecutors in a motion Monday asked the judge overseeing the case, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, to grant them a 90-day extension to collect about 10,000 classified documents from six government organizations that are examining the files to determine whether they can be provided to Bergdahl’s lawyers. The government could ask the documents be withheld for national security reasons, which must be requested by Aug. 1.
But defense attorneys, in their response Thursday, called the motion a “mislabeled request for a continuance,” or stall in the proceedings, and accused the prosecution of “not having gotten its ducks in a row.”
“The case should be removed from the court’s calendar until all invocations of [privilege] have been made and the process completed, rather than doing things piecemeal,” the defense, led by Bergdahl’s civilian attorney Eugen R. Fidell, wrote. “… The parties should be directed to report to the court when they are ready for trial.”
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