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Alan Dershowitz: Bowe Bergdahl Was a 'Poor Kid Over His Head'

U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Bowdrie 'Bowe' Bergdahl, 30 of Hailey, Idaho (Getty Images/Sara D. Davis) 

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 05:15 PM

Bowe Bergdahl faces a court martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy — but his crime in no way merits the death penalty, renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV.

"We don't execute people anymore in this country for desertion," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, told J.D. Hayworth on Wednesday's "America Talks Live." "The last time we did it was Private Slovak in the Second World War. It's an anachronism.

"This poor kid was over his head — the pressures that operate on people in combat. He should be punished, we shouldn't in any way encourage the kind of desertion, putting American lives at risk trying to bring him back.

"But I think we have to have a calibrated punishment that not only fits the crime but fits the criminal. The death penalty certain doesn't fit this crime."

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In May 2014, terrorists freed Bergdahl in Afghanistan in exchange for five Taliban commanders imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

But there was always a question as to whether Bergdahl — hailed as a hero by some and feted at a White House ceremony — had actually deserted his post before being captured.
The swap set off a debate over whether the U.S. should have freed Taliban members who would likely fight the U.S. again.

Dershowitz is author of "Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for Unaroused Voters," published by Rosettabooks.

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