Sen. Jack Reed Approves of Federal Investigation of Boston Bombing Suspect

Apr 22, 2013

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he approves of the way federal investigators are handling the interrogation of the Boston bombing suspect, including their decision not to read him his Miranda rights. 

Reed said the Boston Marathon bombing is an extraordinary case which requires special handling by prosecutors.  He supports their decision not to inform the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, of his right to an attorney and to remain silent.

“There is an exception for terrorist activities which the federal attorney in Boston indicated she would use which allows interrogation by these specialized teams prior to giving them Miranda warnings,” said Reed. “At some point he will be given the Miranda warnings. But I think there is an immediate need to gather as much information as possible about possible terrorist activities.”

Tsarnaev has been charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property resulting in death. If convicted, he could face a death sentence. Reed said the case merits consideration of the death penalty. The 19-year-old made his initial court appearance in this room at Beth Israel hospital. He is listed in serious but stable condition.

Editor’s note: AP contributed to this story

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