Judge made decision on Miranda rights for Tsarnaev on her own

Eric Holder, the Justice Department, the FBI and a federal judge have made an absolute hash of the legal proceedings surrounding the arrest and arraignment of Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The fact is, the Justice Department nor the FBI challenged the judge in her decision to read Tsarnaev his rights. It turns out, according to this Wall Street Journal article, that the FBI shouldn't have been surprised that the judge showed up on Monday to read the suspect his Miranda rights because she told them on Saturday that she would be back on Monday. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday, "The rules of criminal procedure require the court to advise the defendant of his right to silence and his right to counsel during the initial appearance.'' Mr. Boyd said Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler made it clear on Sunday, after the first sealed charges were filed in her court against Mr. Tsarnaev, 19 years old, that the hearing would be held the following day. Federal...(Read Full Post)