Bombing Suspect Immediately Stopped Talking After Being Read His Miranda Rights

Since the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was captured, there’s been quite a debate over his Miranda rights and how to treat him — given that he’s a United States citizen. An Associated Press report out this morning is sure to add fuel to the fire. As soon as he was read his Miranda rights, it says, Tsarnaev stopped talking.

The report notes that Tsarnaev was read his rights 16 hours after his interrogation had began. Then, he fell silent:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev immediately stopped talking after a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney’s office entered his hospital room and gave him his Miranda warning, according to four officials of both political parties briefed on the interrogation.

The AP points out that, prior to being made aware of his rights, Tsarnaev told authorities that his older brother, who died in a shootout, was the driving force behind the attack and had only recently enlisted his help. The pressure cooker bombs, he said, were built with instructions available in an al Qaeda magazine.

Those who have been vocal about treating Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant and not reading him the Miranda warning have argued that doing so would be in the interest of intelligence gathering. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been a particularly strong advocate — but the White House said he would not treated as an enemy combatant.

(h/t AP)

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