“The White House says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be prosecuted in the federal court system.
He says President Barack Obama’s entire national security team supports the decision.
Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. Carney says that since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.
Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother and suspected co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were born in southern Russia.
“Well that settles it, via CNN:
The surviving suspect in last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” but rather will be prosecuted “through our civilian system of justice,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday afternoon. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions,” he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and other GOP lawmakers had made it known that they wanted the suspect to be questioned as an enemy combatant, a classification that would have denied him the right to have a lawyer present while being questioned, along with other protections of the U.S. criminal justice system. The New York Times on Sunday offered a refresher on where the Obama administration has come down on the issue in the past:
The Obama administration has said it thinks terrorism suspects arrested inside the United States should be handled exclusively in the criminal justice system. It has indicated no intention to do otherwise in Mr. Tsarnaev’s case, but the issue is taking on political currency, underscoring a major divide on national security legal policy.