Lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said it’s regrettable that a military judge is preventing them from asking potential jurors if they voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
“We do have an issue concerning what we think is a core question, which is how did people vote in the election,” Bergdahl’s lawyer Eugene Fidell said to reporters after a hearing Thursday on Fort Bragg. “We think that’s important, and we’re not going to know the answer to that question. That’s regrettable.”
Col. Jeffery Nance, the military judge overseeing the case, listened to arguments Thursday morning as defense lawyers and prosecutors discussed a questionnaire that will be distributed to potential jurors in the upcoming court-martial. Nance did not finalize the questionnaire, but said he will not allow a question the defense lawyers wanted — asking jurors who they voted for in the 2016 presidential race.
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