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Saturday, April 20, 2013

A thought--or two--on the Boston situation

Now that the two bombers are off the streets--one dead, one arrested--the next question is why?

I may be strange, but very early on I found myself wondering if anyone involved in the bombing had applied to run in the Marathon, and been turned down.  And so, now, I find myself wondering if anyone has though to check on that.

And, I might add, I find Lindsey Graham's instantaneous call to shove whoever got arrested into a legal limbo, in which almost anything could be done to him, outrageous.

Update:  We appear to be doing what Graham wants us to do, which is terrible:
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.
Update:  See this, for a more detailed argument as to why not Mirandizing Tsarnaev is wrong, wrong, wrong.


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