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Defending Bowe Bergdahl – University of Virginia School of Law

Franklin D. Rosenblatt was mentioned and quoted in an article by the University of Virginia School of Law about his assignment to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frank Rosenblatt ’06 says he always found military justice — with its uniforms and traditions carried over from 18th-century England — exciting because it offered the drama of real-world events played out in a courtroom.

That drama was kicked up a notch when Rosenblatt was assigned to defend Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl against charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

“It’s been an interesting and complex case,” Rosenblatt said. “The level of animosity towards Sgt. Bergdahl has been extraordinary.”

Bergdahl left his combat outpost in Afghanistan’s Paktika province June 30, 2009, and was quickly captured by the Taliban. He was a prisoner of the Taliban for five years before he was freed through a controversial swap with Guantanamo Bay prisoners May 31, 2014. Questions soon arose over why Bergdahl left his post and the consequences for his fellow soldiers, however. The former POW is now scheduled to face a court martial starting Aug. 8.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.