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Dzokhar Tsarnaev – Read Him His Rights

This is not going to be a popular post with some people. The government has decided not to give Dzokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights or access to an attorney. This is completely wrong.

A Justice Department official said, “The suspect is en route to the hospital for immediate treatment. But we plan to invoke the public safety exception to Miranda in order to question the suspect extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and to gain critical intelligence.” Under this public safety exception they have 48 hours to get him before a judge, which I’ve read would end the exception. Anything he says to them during this 48 hours can be used against him in court.

Some in Congress want the Obama administration to go even further and classify Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, which would deny him rights and an attorney indefinitely. This is also completely wrong. Like it or not, Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen who […] → Keep reading