Posted 11 months ago
By John P Tretbar
Authorities say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in serious condition after an arrest that happened only after police lifted a lockdown that had largely paralyzed the Boston area.
Officials say Tsarnaev and his brother set off the twin explosions at Monday’s marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 180 others.
Twenty-six-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police earlier Friday.
Authorities say the brothers also killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during their spree.
A Justice Department official says the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will not be read his Miranda rights because the government is invoking a public safety exception.
That official and a second person briefed on the investigation says 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be questioned by a special interrogation team for high-value suspects. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to disclose the information publicly.
The public safety exception permits law enforcement officials to engage in a limited and focused unwarned interrogation of a suspect and allows the government to introduce the statement as evidence in court. The public safety exception is triggered when police officers have an objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger.
President Barak Obama and Republicans used their weekly addresses to celebrate the resolve Americans demonstrated after the attack on the Boston Marathon.
Obama says “the world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized.”
In the Republican address, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina praised the first responders as “amazing Americans, some of whom charged through fences and barricades.” He says they “put their own lives on the line to help others.”
Both addresses were recorded before yesterday’s tension-filled capture of the surviving suspect.