– The Obama administration’s announcement that it would question the Boston Marathon bombing suspect for a period without first reading him the Miranda Warning of his right to remain silent and have a lawyer present has revived a constitutionally charged debate that flared during the Bush administration about the handling of terrorism cases in the criminal judicial system.
The administration’s effort to stretch a gap in the so-called Miranda rule for questioning has alarmed advocates of individual rights. American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony Romero said it would be acceptable for the FBI to ask the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, a naturalised US citizen, about imminent threats, such as whether other bombs were hidden around Boston.
He said that once the FBI got into broader questioning, it must not cut corners. Mr Tsarnaev remained hospitalised on Saturday and it was not clear whether he had been questioned.
At the other end of the spectrum, some conservatives have called for treating terrorism-related cases – even those arising on US soil or involving citizens – as a military matter, holding a suspect indefinitely as an enemy combatant without a criminal defendants’ rights.
Federal Public Defender Miriam Conrad said her office would represent Mr Tsarnaev once charges were filed. Federal prosecutors said on Saturday that a criminal complaint in the attack, which killed three and injured more than 170, would be filed in the coming days – Charlie Savage, New York Times & Bloomberg


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