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article imageBoston bomber shuts down after being read Miranda rights

By Marcus Hondro     Apr 26, 2013 in Crime
On the day the area of the Boston marathon where two explosives went off with deadly force was reopened, the surviving man believed to have set off a bomb closed up. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was read his Miranda rights Thursday and immediately stopped talking.
Technically Tsarnaev did not talk during the 16 hours he was reportedly interrogated but rather, due to a speech-debilitating neck injury, answered questions with pen and paper. The Associated Press reported that the 19-year-old suspect has now stopped all communicating; this information was obtained, AP said, from four officials from both political parties who have been briefed on events.
It's believed that officials did not read Tsarnaev his Miranda rights previously as they do not feel they need the information they have gleaned from him during to convict him as they have enough evidence already Further, it is unclear whether a terrorist suspect needs to be read Miranda rights. The experienced Massachusetts public defender, Miriam Conrad, 56, has been appointed to represent him and was present when he was read his rights in his hospital room.
Boston bomber gives motivation for bombing
During the time Tsamaev was talking he confessed to the bombings and told officials he and his deceased brother Tamerlan were "self-radicalized" and acted largely in protest of U.S. lead wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also said that they acted alone and that next they intended to set-off explosives in New York's Times Square.
The evidence assembled to make a case against the former med student includes a witness who they told they were the Boston marathon bombers; they had hijacked the man on the night Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout and he escaped when they left the vehicle at a gas station. There is also video evidence and physical evidence such as weaponry.
On Monday, Tsarnaev was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property. There is a possibility that, if found guilty, he could receive the death penalty.
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