New Haven, CT, United States (4E) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired a military law teacher from Yale Law School to be his lead counsel as Pentagon investigators are poised to question him about his capture by Taliban forces in Afghanistan in 2009.
Eugene Fidell, currently Senior Research Scholar in Law and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law at the YLS, confirmed Wednesday he will represent the controversial soldier, who was released in May in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay sparking criticisms from some Republican lawmakers and fellow soldiers who accused him of being a deserter.
Fidell, who is also a senior partner with Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP and president of the National Institute of Military Justice, said he met Bergdahl last week in San Antonio, where the latter was assigned a desk job at the headquarters of U.S. Army North in Fort Sam Houston.
Bergdahl, 28, is grateful to President Barack Obama for his release after five years in captivity, according to Fidell.
Lt. Colonel Alayne Conway is leading the investigation as to whether or not Bergdahl deserted his post in June 2009.