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Idaho mayor: People shouldn't pre-judge Bergdahl

Tuesday - 6/3/2014, 10:00am  ET

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a news conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014, regarding their son, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Sgt. Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that won his freedom. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
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HAILEY, Idaho (AP) -- The mayor of the hometown of a recently released U.S. soldier is urging Americans not to judge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl) until all the facts are in.

Hailey, Idaho, Mayor Fritz Haemmerle released a written statement Monday saying the city has been inundated with phone calls and emails. They're from people on opposite sides of a national debate about whether Bergdahl should be hailed as a hero or tried in court as a deserter, or worse.

The city is holding a celebration of Bergdahl's release later this month -- just as it has held annual rallies of support since he became a prisoner of the Taliban in 2009.

The mayor says the negative emails raise some important points. But he asks that people not pre-judge Bergdahl, and instead wait for any investigation to unfold.

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