Sentencing to begin in Bowe Bergdahl's court-martial

Los Angeles Times - The puzzling saga of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his command post in Afghanistan eight years ago and was swiftly taken captive by the Taliban, draws closer to an end this week as a military judge decides his punishment.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Walter Huffman, a law professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, said Bergdahl's suffering at the hands of the Taliban was likely to mitigate the punishment.

"Without discipline, the Army cannot accomplish its mission," he said. "If I were the military judge looking at this kid, I'm going to punish him. But I'm not going to punish him as severely as I would had he not been through hell on Earth. I think I would mitigate based on his captivity."

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