(UW-Madison carillon; h/t commentor Ranchandsyrup)
Kudos to the Obama Administration. From the Washington Post:
As he lay seriously injured in a Boston area hospital, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property, counts that could bring him the death penalty. He made his first court appearance in an unusual, non-public proceeding in which a federal judge and several lawyers went to his hospital bed…
The criminal complaint against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, ended a debate over how one of the first successful terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland since Sept. 11, 2001, should be handled. Some congressional Republicans had insisted that Tsarnaev be designated an “enemy combatant,’’ which would enable the government to charge him under the laws of war in a military commission or to hold him indefinitely.
White House press secretary Jay Carney rejected that approach on Monday, saying that the suspect cannot be tried in a military commission under federal law because he is a U.S. citizen. “We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,’’ Carney said at a White House news briefing.
Massachusetts public defenders Miriam Conrad, William Fick and Timothy Watkins, who have been appointed to represent Tsarnaev, did not reply to requests for comment Monday…
Tsarnaev was also, according to the transcript, read his Miranda rights.
In another tiny corner of the confusing media mosaic, two of the foreign [Kazakhstan] students arrested in an apartment complex in New Bedford during the dragnet are “being held for allegedly violating their student visas”. Since the concensus of the moment seems to be that the Tsarnaevs were acting alone, looks like these guys may have been guilty of nothing more than associating with a couple of fellow immigrant students who shared a common background.
What’s on the agenda for the evening?