Doesn't it always happen that the biggest news of the day breaks as you inch closer to deadline?
I've been covering the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the Observer for a few months now. And after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, I obtained a copy of a petition filed by the prosecution that would halt the case.
The document was a beast - 73 pages, filled with legal jargon. (Anyone know what a writ of prohibition is?) So I dived right into it and immediately put out calls and emails. I was able to talk to a former military JAG on background who could help me break through the jargon. That helped me as I eased into interviews with Bergdahl's lawyers. In the end, neither wanted to comment on the record.
Although it was a bit daunting on deadline, I made it through the documents- and was able to give our readers insightful details not reported by other outlets who obviously didn't read through the documents. (For example, Bergdahl's lawyers argued the prosecution only gave them access to 900 pages of classified documents, yet said there were more than 300,000 pages of classified documents).
You can read the full story here: http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/bergdahl-case-suspended-in-disagreement-over-classified-documents/article_07f76299-435f-5289-8ad1-5a3df28823f9.html
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