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Bowe Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Bowe Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

Bowe Bergdahl, the former prisoner of war who's accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, is asking President Obama to pardon him before leaving office.

White House and Justice Department officials on Saturday said Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a court-martial trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the latter of which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Bergdahl, an Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held captive by the Taliban...

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