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UNITED STATES 30 May 2013 Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the two suspected of planting deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Ap

May 30, 2013 - UNITED STATES

UNITED STATES 30 May 2013 Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the two suspected of planting deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Apr 15, faces a probable cause hearing in Boston on May 30. Prosecutors will outline their case at the hearing, the first stage in a trial that is controversial even before it starts. Issues that include when and how the suspect was read his Miranda rights could complicate the case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in hospital with gunshot injuries sustained after the blast, and setbacks in his recovery could delay

UNITED STATES 30 May 2013 Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving brother of the two suspected of planting deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon on Apr 15, faces a probable cause hearing in Boston on May 30. Prosecutors will outline their case at the hearing, the first stage in a trial that is controversial even before it starts. Issues that include when and how the suspect was read his Miranda rights could complicate the case. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is in hospital with gunshot injuries sustained after the blast, and setbacks in his recovery could delay the hearing. His brother Tamerlan was killed in a shoot-out with police during the brothers' getaway

The suspect was charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was accused of joining with his brother in setting off the shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs that killed three and wounded some 280 among the runners and bystanders.

The brothers, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been living in the United States for about a decade, practiced Islam and it has been revealed that their beliefs had become radical.

According to the Huffington Post on 22 Apr, the Obama administration said it had no choice but to prosecute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the federal court system. Some politicians had suggested he be tried as an enemy combatant in front of a military tribunal, where defendants are denied some of the usual constitutional protections. But Tsarnaev is a naturalized US citizen, and American citizens cannot be tried by military tribunals.

The bombs exploded about thirteen seconds and 180 yards apart near the finish line.

RELATED READING:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using 'weapon of mass destruction' (Washington Post 22 Apr 2013)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/alleged-bombers-aunt-tamerlan-tsarnaev-was-religious-but-not-radical/2013/04/22/ca8f3214-ab5c-11e2-a198-99893f10d6dd_story.html?wprss&google_editors_picks=true

One-Week Anniversary Of Boston Bombing Marked With Silence (Huff. Post 22 Apr 2013)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/boston-bombing-one-week-anniversary_n_3132754.html

Date written/update: 2013-05-30