Boston Bombing Suspect Given Federal Charges in Hospital

Read here the FBI's charges against Dzhokar Tsarnaev

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A man in Moscow looks at a computer screen displaying an undated picture of the 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on April 19, 2013.

Now that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is in custody, the federal case against him is moving swiftly. Although he remains in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, he was handed charges Monday of use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.

Both charges were unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and Tsarnaev’s first court appearance took place before a federal magistrate from his hospital bed. If convicted, he may face the death penalty, according to a Justice Department statement.

An affidavit accuses Tsarnev, 19, and his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police, of leaving improvised explosive devices in backpacks in strategic places near the finish line of the marathon. It also describes their actions, which were caught on surveillance cameras, just before the bombs exploded. Officials are continuing to glean as much information as possible from Tsarnaev on the plot, how he and his brother allegedly executed their plan, but have not yet revealed anything he has said.

“While we will not be able to comment on any possible communications between the suspect and law enforcement at this time, as a general rule, the government will always seek to elicit all the actionable intelligence and information we can from terrorist suspects taken into our custody,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. Carmen Ortiz, said in a statement.

But, the criminal complaint also describes the carjacking ordeal in which one of the alleged bombers brags to the victim about the attack, telling him “I did that” before showing him a gun magazine with a bullet in it.

A public safety officer at Massachussetts Institute of Technology was killed during the manhunt for the two brothers, but it is currently unclear if the surviving Tsarnaev will face state murder charges in that shooting death.

Read the federal charges against Dzhokar Tsarnaev below:

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5 comments
jmac
jmac

As Americans, we should all stand up and cheer for the rule of law.   It's back!   

LenSimpson
LenSimpson like.author.displayName 1 Like

Just imagine all the money we taxpayers are paying to keep him alive , so we can spend another mil or so  finding him guilty, & then there's a

retrial because his civil rights  Might have been violated . ---madness that will encourage the next episode. 

JustMe
JustMe like.author.displayName 1 Like

Its obvious that everything is being done to execute him, once condemned, Would he be a “common” murderer, this would not happen, since there is no capital punishment in the state of Massachussets. In this sense, its appaling to see how America treats its political prisioners, when not so long ago it used to champion their human rights, especially in communist countries, Latin America or in South Africa. Apparently, that was just all empty hipocritical rethoric, intended for consumption abroad only.

cybersleuth58
cybersleuth58

@JustMe I so agree. America has fallen so far.  The great slide began back when Reagan defeated Carter. During the 70's we started to look very honestly at our interference in governments in other parts of the world. There was a chance at justice in the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. We were looking seriously at breaking our dependence on fossil fuels. (Just to name a few things). Had Carter defeated Reagan, had anyone decent defeated Reagan, we would be looking at a very different America where, who knows, we might actually have addressed homelessness and poverty. I want to weep just thinking about it.

davidgoldie
davidgoldie like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Ok - I've read the complaint and understand it.  Conspiracy theorists take it from here....