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Should the second bombing suspect be tried for treason?

Constitutional definition

The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid or comfort. This offence is punished with death. By the same article of the Constitution, no person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court


Asked by Dardenella at 1:31 PM on Apr. 22, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • According to FOX 25 out of Boston -

    The White House says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings will not be tried as an enemy combatant. 

     Full article here.



    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:35 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • He is the younger brother and defense could insist that he was intimidated by his older brother. That isn't giving him aid or comfort. This is going to be a long, messy, screwed up process.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:37 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • con't...

    The charges represented a decision by the Obama administration to prosecute him in the federal court system instead of trying him as an enemy combatant in front of a military tribunal. Under the military system, defendants are not afforded some of the usual U.S. constitutional protections.

    Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and under U.S. law, American citizens cannot be tried by military tribunals, White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Carney said that since the Sept. 11 attacks, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.

    Tsarnaev is also likely to face state charges in connection with the shooting death of an MIT police officer.

    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:17 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • He should stand before all the families of those killed or seriously injured and let them be the firing squad.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 1:32 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • Treason has certain criteria that have to be met. I'm sure the prosecutors will go for whatever charge they can make stick for certain.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:02 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • Maybe he will be charged with illegal possession of a firearm since it was not legal for him to carry.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:19 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • They couldn't Mirandize him when they took him into custody b/c he wasn't coherent... Whichever idiot in the press conference that made a big deal out of that should be dope slapped for being clueless!!


    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:28 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • Being awake & being able to respond to questions are 2 different things. You have to be able to indicate you understand your rights, so if he is intubated, he cannot do that. Believe me, they want this guy, so I'm sure they handling things by the book.


    Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:05 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • I really don't know. I think it will all depend on what evidence they have to charge him with. This will be very high profile and the jury isn't likely to only base their decision on circumstantial.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 1:32 PM on Apr. 22, 2013

  • According to FOX 25 out of Boston - this is what he was actually charged with.... 

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was arraigned in his hospital bed Monday on charges of use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death in connection with the deadly attacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (click here to read official affidavit.) He faces a possible death sentence in connection with the case.




    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:16 PM on Apr. 22, 2013