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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Bomb Suspect Is Charged and Could Face the Death Penalty"

From the New York Times:

BOSTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was charged on Monday with using a “weapon of mass destruction” that resulted in three deaths and more than 200 injuries, as law enforcement officials provided the most detailed account of the bombing to date.

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The White House said earlier Monday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant. “We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.

Mr. Carney noted that it was illegal to try an American citizen in a military commission, and that a number of high-profile terrorism cases were handled in the civilian court system, including that of the would-be bomber who tried to bring down a passenger jet around Christmas 2009 with explosives in his underwear.

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