Dzhokhar Hears Rights, Goes Silent
To avoid execution, cooperating may be his best bet
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Updated Apr 25, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

(Newser) – Revelations from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have dribbled out over the last three days, but that may be about to change. Right after hearing his Miranda rights read, he stopped talking, officials tell the AP. The silence came sixteen hours after law enforcement began interrogating the Boston suspect; during that period, he said his brother had just recently convinced him to join in the bomb plot. Cooperating with officials, however, could be Tsarnaev's best hope of avoiding the death penalty, Bloomberg notes. Another option: Show that his brother "brainwashed" him.

"It is well known that older siblings can often have tremendous power over younger siblings," says a civil liberties lawyer. Tsarnaev's defense team is likely to cite that "overpowering influence," the lawyer says. Tsarnaev may also get a boost from lawyer Miriam Conrad, a federal public defender with experience in similar cases. (She formerly represented this man.) "If anyone can provide this young man with a tenacious, effective defense, it’s Miriam Conrad," says a colleague who defended "shoe-bomber" Richard Reid. Bloomberg has more on what to expect in court. (Meanwhile, officials reveal more details from the night Tsarnaev was apprehended.)

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Apr 26, 2013 1:03 AM CDT
It is called a psychological dyad, with one person being the alpha, and the others being the betas. The alphas usually are older and have a risk taking personality. Alphas often brainwash and emotionally abuse the betas. The film "Dead Man Walking" shows a good example of a psychological dyad between a sociopath and a naive, emotionally needy young man.
Apr 25, 2013 10:00 PM CDT
But I thought originally they said his mouth and throat was so shot up he may never speak again? Or is this more of that subtle WSJ propaganda about how the US healthcare system is the best in the universe?
Apr 25, 2013 7:57 PM CDT
Ignorant, disgusting American lemmings with their hate.....hate....hate None of the morons know about NDAA 2012, the death camps and no right to trial (article 1032) for duration of hostilities. Stupid (means predictable) Americans