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Why Tsarnaev Should Be Read His Miranda Rights.

Why Tsarnaev Should Be Read His Miranda Rights
April 20, 2013 | Scott Lemieux

Why Tsarnaev Should Be Read His Miranda Rights
April 20, 2013 | Scott Lemieux
Since several commenters are suggesting that we shouldn’t care about whether Tsarnaev is read his Miranda rights, it’s worth explaining why we should care. Emily Bazelon is good on this, but let me add a couple points.

It is true that, in a narrow sense, the federal government is free under Miranda to interrogate Tsarnaev without informing him of his rights if it believes it has enough independent evidence to convict him. But this is not the only consideration. Miranda does not require us to be indifferent about the distinction between coercive and non-coercive interrogations, and indeed its logic suggests that we shouldn’t be. Earl Warren, to his great credit, did not believe that there was a inherent contradiction between professionalism and the respect for the rights of the accused and crime control. The local authorities that relied on coercive interrogations and didn’t follow professional procedures weren’t more likely to convict criminals, although they were more likely to convict the innocent. Miranda reflected this belief, and the intent of the rule was to inhibit coercive interrogations, because coercive interrogations were both wrong in themselves and produced unreliable information.

To refuse to inform Tsarnaev of his rights — outside of the acknowledged emergency exception to Miranda — sends the opposite message. It’s the message of the previous administration — i.e. that the rule of law and the “war on terror” are incompatible, that slapping the label “terrorist” on a suspect means that professional procedures that respect the rights of the accused can’t work. This isn’t right — it’s wrong in terms of the values it represents and it’s wrong in terms of the underlying assumption that less respect for the rights of the accused means more effective crime control. The appropriate course of action is for Tsarnaev to be treated like any other criminal suspect, consistently with not only the letter but the spirit of Miranda. Coercive interrogations are wrong because they’re wrong, not just because the state isn’t permitted to introduce evidence gained from them. This is why the Bill of Rights contains the Fifth Amendment rights Miranda was designed to enforce.


Arkansas GOP: 2nd Amendment Gives Us Right To Walk Up & Shoot Representatives Who Disagree With Us

Quote of the Day


"We need to let those who will come in the future to represent us that we are serious. The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives. It seems that we are unable to muster that belief in any of our representatives on a state or federal level, but we have to have something, something costly, something that they will fear that we will use if they step out of line."

-- From the April newsletter of the Benton County, Arkansas Republican Party.


Woman Accused Of Taking Kids Around To Fire BB Guns At Car Windows

A 43-year-old Long Island woman is accused of driving her children around various neighborhoods for weeks as they shot at residents’ cars using a BB gun.

WCBS-TV reported on Saturday that Susan Becker was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, following her arrest on Friday.

Suffolk County police said Becker is accused of driving her 13-year-old son and her 15-year-old daughter, as well as another 15-year-old boy, around the Islandia, Hauppauge and Commack areas as they shot at cars over the past two weeks. Becker is also accused of providing the BB gun used in the incidents. Authorities said there have been 60 reports of damaged vehicles during that time.

“It’s more than just a window breaking or the damage of window or a car,” said one resident, Michelle Delarosa. “You could have actually hurt someone.”


1957 ?-To MLK Jr: ‘Why did God make Jesus white, when majority of peoples in world are non-white?"

In 1957, Martin Luther King Jr’s advice column in Ebony magazine received a letter that asked: ‘Why did God make Jesus white, when the majority of peoples in the world are non-white?’ King answered with the essence of his political and religious philosophy. He denied that the colour of one’s skin determined the content of one’s character, and for King there was no better example than Christ. ‘The colour of Jesus’ skin is of little or no consequence,’ King reassured his readers, because skin colour ‘is a biological quality which has nothing to do with the intrinsic value of the personality’. Jesus transcended race, and he mattered ‘not in His colour, but in His unique God-consciousness and His willingness to surrender His will to God’s will. He was the son of God, not because of His external biological makeup, but because of His internal spiritual commitment.’


Perhaps we should just leave Nationality, Ethnicity & Religion Out Of It, M'Kay?


eerie image

This cell phone photo allegedly depicts Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, in the boat where he was hiding before authorities captured him on Friday night in the backyard of a Watertown, Mass. home. It was "posted as a grab from CBS News" by several Twitter users, according to the Associated Press.

(Rex Features via AP Images)

"Our common creed" Yes, sir, Mr. President.


If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.

Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.

In the days to come, we will remain vigilant as a nation. And I have no doubt the city of Boston and its surrounding communities will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far – and their fellow Americans will be right there with them every step of the way. May God bless the people of Boston and the United States of America.

The Rest:

No Miranda rights for now for bombing suspect

Source: Politico

The Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured Friday night will not be immediately read his Miranda rights, a Justice Department official said.

The announcement came as a debate broke out among lawmakers, lawyers and political activists over whether the suspect, Dzhokar Tsarnaev, should be prosecuted in a civilian criminal court or subjected to military interrogation and over when and whether Tsarnaev should be told about his right to an attorney.

eginning several hours before Tsarnaev’s capture, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote on Twitter that the suspect ought to be placed in military custody.

“If captured, I hope Administration will at least consider holding the Boston suspect as enemy combatant for intelligence gathering purposes,” Graham wrote Friday afternoon. “The last thing we may want to do is read Boston suspect Miranda Rights telling him to ‘remain silent.’”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/no-miranda-rights-for-now-for-bombing-suspect-90362.html?hp=f1

this will backfire, it always does...

Globe photographer can hear police say, "We know you're in there. Come out on your own terms.

BREAKING NEWS: Globe photographer can hear police say, "We know you're in there. Come out on your own terms. Come out with your hands up."


5:45 PM
Boston Police Dept. @Boston_Police
Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.

Read more: http://livewire.wcvb.com/Event/117th_Running_of_Boston_Marathon#ixzz2QxaSlygQ

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