Breaking . . Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arraigned – WCVB Boston

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Moments ago, WCVB Boston reported that, according to “a federal official,” Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been arraigned in his hospital bed.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving accused Boston Marathon bomber, has been arraigned in his hospital bed, a federal official tells NewsCenter 5’s Kelley Tuthill.

The complaint against him has been sealed, according to Gary Wente, the circuit executive for the U.S. Courts in Boston.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing, is awake and responding sporadically in writing to questions.

The source told ABC’s Pierre Thomas investigators were questioning the 19-year-old Tsarnaev about other cell members and other unexploded bombs, but said no details were given yet on answers.

More information from Twitter — no links yet.

WCVB reporter Tuthill “a little frustrated” that no pool reporter was allowed to be present at the arraignment–they had been told it would be “public.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has no announced that Tsarnaev will not be treated as an “enemy combatant.”

Suck it, Lindsey!!

WCVB has also posted a newly released photo of Tsarnaev leaving an ATM after using the card stolen from the highjack victim.


I’ll post more details in the comment thread as I get them.


Video of WH briefing at Politico

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev “will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney’s statement comes after a group of Republican lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have called for Tsarnaev to be treated as an enemy combatant, at least for the purposes of interrogation. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status. We do not want this suspect to remain silent,” Graham said in a statement along with Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, and Rep. Peter King.

Tsarnaev, Carney said, is a U.S. citizen and should be treated as such and tried in civilian court. “This is absolutely the right way to go and the appropriate way to go,” he said.

The Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder made the determination of how to try Tsarnaev and “the whole national security team supports this decision,” Carney said, adding that because the suspect is a citizen, there is no other option for how to try him.

55 Comments on “Breaking . . Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arraigned – WCVB Boston”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Russia Today: Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev charged in hospital, won’t be tried as enemy combatant

    …it was earlier reported that Tsarnaev is now awake and responding to investigators’ questions in writing, a law enforcement official not authorized to comment on the matter said.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “substantive” information had been collected during the course of questioning, though he declined to elaborate further, the Detroit Free Press cites him as saying. He further said the neck wounds 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sustained may have been self-inflicted, based on the positioning of the entry wound and exit wound.

    • Fannie says:

      Thank you for sharing this information, I think it’s the right thing to let the justice department do it’s thing, and not the military……………somebody give Graham a box of lego’s to play with.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    The Boston Globe: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bombing suspect, charged in a sealed complaint in federal court

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged in a sealed complaint, and his initial court appearance was conducted today by a federal magistrate judge in his hospital room, a federal court official says.

    The announcement by Gary H. Wente, circuit executive for the US courts for the First Circuit , came after a White House spokesman said earlier today that Tsarnaev, who is in serious condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, would be tried in the federal court system.

    Speaking at a media briefing in Washington, spokesman Jay Carney said Tsarnaev would not be tried as an enemy combatant.

    “He will not be treated as an enemy combatant. We will process this terrorist through our system of justice,” he said.

    Pointing to other terrorists who have been tried and convicted in federal court, he said, “The system has repeatedly proven that it can successfully handle the threat that we continue to face.”

    He also said that US citizens cannot be tried before military commissions. Tsarnaev is a naturalized US citizen. He was sworn in as a citizen in September.

  3. RalphB says:

    After Boston: Don’t Get Fooled Again by the ‘War on Terror’ Hawks

    Conor Friedersdorf has a very good post in The Atlantic. Seems appropriate.

  4. dakinikat says:

    Lindsey Graham is a worthless pos … what is his problem? Why do Republicans want to disappear people?

  5. bostonboomer says:

    From Boston Globe twitter account:

    US Attorney: Dzhokar Tsarnaev charged: conspiring to use weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in U.S. resulting in death.

    No word yet on the death penalty, but Chuck Shumer is screaming for it. I suppose it’s inevitable. Disgusting.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    FBI definition of “weapons of mass destruction”

    • dakinikat says:

      How does that definition fit this case?

      • bostonboomer says:

        Sorry, I’m just looking for news–haven’t had time to read it yet.

        Looking at it briefly, it seems to cover just about anything they want it to. I suppose they are using the first one.

        “(A) any destructive device as defined in section 921 of this title (i.e. explosive device)”

        • BB look at what Digby says: Hullabaloo

          He’s been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property which I believe means he’s subject to the federal death penalty. I’m doubtful that this will be good enough for the wingnuts who have worked themselves into a fine froth but then, nothing would.

          I do think this “weapon of mass destruction” phrase is ridiculous, particularly in light of the fact that someone with semi-automatic weapons that mows down 20 to 30 children would not be subject to this charge, but some homemade pressure cooker bombs are considered right up there with a loose nuke. It’s irrational, as this Spencer Ackerman piece from a month or so ago demonstrates. It’s basically a way to keep “terrorism” as a vague, catch-all term the authorities can use at their discretion, which isn’t a good idea.

          And I’m against the death penalty as a matter of principle, so I can’t say this makes me want to fist pump “USA! USA!” But I’m grateful the administration didn’t succumb to the pressure that rose almost immediately from the right wing to throw the constitution out the window. (It’s amazing how often I’m grateful for things I never would have even thought were a question not that long ago.)

          Update: From what I just heard on the Teevee, the Benghazi Shrill Band (McCain, Graham, Ayotte and King) are about to launch a full-blown hissy fit over this, so get ready.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Thanks JJ.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Now CBS is claiming Tsarnaev has been “charged,” not “arraigned.” But the Globe said a judge was present. I suppose we’re going to get lots of false reports again.

    I can’t tell if the suspect was read his rights either. Do they have to do that in order to charge him? I would think so, but who knows at this point?

  8. bostonboomer says:

    The supposed al Qaeda follower had his college ID and other identification in his pocket when he was arrested.

    Does that sound like a sophisticated enemy combatant, Lindsey?

  9. bostonboomer says:

    Where are all the Obama haters today? I thought they’d all show up to comment on this.

  10. bostonboomer says:

    Globe says an attorney has been assigned, still no mention of Miranda warning.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Yesterday, Buzzfeed spoke to friends of Tamerlan who now suspect he was involved in the unsolved 2011 triple homicide.

  12. dakinikat says:

    I’m putting this here because I don’t know where to put it: Canada just thwarted an Al Quaida attack on trains … toronto

    Breaking News Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 18m

    Canadian police charge 2 with plot to carry out attack on passenger train between Toronto and New York – @CBCNews

  13. dakinikat says:

    Glenn Greenwald:
    Why is Boston ‘terrorism’ but not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson and Columbine?

    Can an act of violence be called ‘terrorism’ if the motive is unknown?

  14. dakinikat says:

    Transcript of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s first hearing today, from his hospital bed:

    • bostonboomer says:

      The judge read him his rights and he had an attorney present.

      All that hysteria for naught, and no hysterics showing up here today. I wonder why?

      • Well, you can probably guess were I have been. They have Wizard of Oz tonight on TCM and I have to watch my munchkins of course.

        But I was not thinking Obama was a dictator…I’ve never said that. I’ve always said, and I still say it…Obama isn’t a dictator. He is an asshole.

      • dakinikat says:

        yup … not that any one else will read that

      • bostonboomer says:


        I wasn’t talking about you. LOL

        BTW there is a movie on after that starring Cornell Wilde. When I was a kid I thought he was so gorgeous.

        • Oh yeah, Leave her to heaven… I love that film. Gene Tierney, so beautiful. It is a restored film so you can see Cornell Wilde in Technicolor brilliance. Oh wait, you don’t have TCM. Shit.

      • Just a thought, because things are not making any sense right now. If the definition of WMD is so broad when they use it here. Has the the president used this for other things too? And if so, it seems to me that Saddam could be charged with using WMD (after the fact I know.) but wouldn’t that be something if Bush/Cheney somehow finagled a way to use it to there advantage.

      • bostonboomer says:


        Guess what? I got TCM! They had a 6-mo. special, so I upgraded.

  15. boogieman7167 says:

    personly I think if ther are going to pin a WMD
    charge on him there going to loose .