Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released from Taliban captivity in May, has hired the services of a prominent military attorney.
Bergdahl has recently returned to active duty service, working a desk at U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Even though he has not been charged with any crimes yet, he has hired Yale Professor and attorney Eugene Fidell, according to an article published Wednesday by ABC News.
Fidell is the co-founder of the National Institute of Military Justice, and has been representing Bergdahl pro bono. He told ABC News, “I think it’s important that people, particularly people who have been vilified, have proper representation, and every lawyer has a responsibility to represent even unpopular clients and that’s why I’m involved in this.”
Even though no charges have been filed against Bergdahl, many are calling for him to be charged for desertion. A father of a slain soldier killed looking for Bergdahl told the New York Post Monday, “I don’t understand what’s wrong with these people. He’s a deserter from the U.S. Army, and he should be treated as such. He should be charged with desertion under the uniform code of military justice.” (Related: Slain Soldier’s Father Calls Bergdahl’s Return To Active Duty ‘Unbelievable’)
An investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance is still underway and according to Fidell, Bergdahl has not been interviewed yet by Maj. General Kenneth Dahl, the man leading the investigation.