The Boston bomber will be tried as a civilian, much to the chagrin of the butch tough guys who think that the Constitution only exists to protect the right to own a howitzer.
The Boston bombing suspect will be tried as a criminal and not an “enemy combatant,” Obama administration officials told The Associated Press on Monday.
Word from the White House came moments after CBS News learned that 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had officially been charged with helping execute the attack on the Boston Marathon that killed three and left over 180 injured.The first charge is conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, the AP noted, which carries a potential death sentence. He’s likely to also face multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, both of which carry potential life sentences.“Today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a prepared statement.
During a hearing held in his hospital room, a magistrate informed Mr. Tsarnaev of the charges against him and of his rights under the Constitution, including his right to remain silent and his right to an attorney. In other words, he’ll be treated to the same level of justice that has dealt with every other domestic terrorist that we’ve captured in recent history, all of whom were found guilty and are either serving their sentence in a federal maximum security prison or, as in the case of Timothy McVeigh, were executed.
Funny how the people who scream the most about the rule of law and will defend the Constitution (or at least certain amendments) within an inch of its life, don’t really seem to trust it very much.