Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not be read his Miranda rights – but a battle is being waged whether he should.
Four prominent Republican Congressmen have argued that the 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen should be treated as an ‘enemy combatant,’ meaning that he would not be Mirandized.
Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, as well as Rep. Peter King, New York, said in a joint statement they ‘do not want this suspect to remain silent.’
In a statement obtained by the Washington Post, the four Republican lawmakers wrote: ‘The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans.’
Officials said late Friday after Tsarnaev was detained that they would use a public safety exemption to delay the suspect’s Miranda rights.
However, the exemption expires 48 hours after the arrest, so quick actions must be taken.