Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged in Bombings From Hospital Room

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dzhokhar tsarnaevThe Department of Justice has just announced that the suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been charged from his hospital bed. Tsarnaev will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal. Instead, he is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and will be tried in a federal civilian court.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Tsarnaev cannot be tried in a military tribunal because he is a U.S. citizen (he was sworn in on September 2012). "We will process this terrorist through our system of justice," just as they've tried and convicted other terrorists since September 11, 2001. An elite interrogation team will question Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights.

Here are details on the charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the Department of Justice:

One count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction (namely, an improvised explosive device or IED) against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death. The statutory charges authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life or any term of years.

So that's two counts, including using a WMD, and if convicted, Tsarnaev could face the death penalty. (See the full charges against Tsarnaev.) The charges were delivered by a magistrate judge in Tsarnaev's hospital room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The bombing suspect is being treated for gunshots to the head, neck, legs, and hand. He will also face state charges relating to the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Meanwhile, investigators are questioning Tsarnaev on "public safety exceptions" -- in other words, they're trying to find out if there are are any other planted bombs or other devices that could harm the public. Based on the evidence found this weekend, investigators say they have reason to believe the Tsarnaev brothers were planning other terrorist activities.

One of the brothers' carjacking victims claims Tsarnaev asked him if he'd heard about the bombings in Boston. "I did that," one of the bombers told him. Chilling.

Do you agree with the decisions to try Tsarnaev in federal court and to refrain from reading him his Miranda rights?


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Vegeta Vegeta

Yeah..where else would they try him. And also yeah, you don't get the right to remain silent when and if they're may be more threats to people that you know about.

kwinroth kwinroth

Exactly ^^. This ass-hat could have left devices in any number of spots.  The police are still combing the streets looking for items the two were throwing out the car windows during the melee.

nonmember avatar andie

Just because they didn't Mirandize this punk doesn't mean that he doesn't have the right to remain silent. If he doesn't get the death penalty, there is no justice in this world.

ZamEnt25 ZamEnt25

I can't believe that his rights are not being considered. Regardless of the fact of what he has done, when did we as Americans believe in a guilty verdict.

If he isn't miranda-ized, then one day it could be any one else!

I think its outrageous we aren't remembering those rights.


Stama... Stamatina79

ZamEnt25.... Thank you for being a Thinker! Seriously.

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