Tsarnaev Had Zero Reaction When Told He Faced Death
Meanwhile, judge under fire for reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the FBI shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have been badly wounded, with his face swollen, hand bandaged, and throat too injured to talk, but the young bomber apparently showed no signs of fear or regret during his hospital room court hearing Monday, reports NBC News. And when told the maximum penalty he was facing was death, Tsarnaev had no reaction: The heart monitor he was hooked up to registered "no blip at all," says a source. Experts, however, caution that emotional responses aren't always picked up by such monitors, and note that he may have been medicated at the time.

Meanwhile, the judge who conducted that hearing, Marianne Bowler, has been harshly criticized ever since it was revealed she informed Tsarnaev of his Miranda rights during the Monday hearing; right after that he stopped talking to investigators. "We have a long-standing tradition that the judiciary does not interfere with investigations. This sets a very dangerous precedent," said House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers, who thinks the Justice Department should have intervened and forced a delay. Sources say Bowler told the DOJ on Saturday that she planned to read Tsarnaev his rights two days later, and a DOJ rep indicated that her actions were appropriate, reports the Wall Street Journal. "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.''

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Apr 27, 2013 12:38 AM CDT
His life is over, he's either going to rot in prison until he dies of old age or he's going to be executed. I'm sure he would rather die than spend 60 years in solitary confinement. At the least, he's probably indifferent.
Apr 26, 2013 7:37 PM CDT
Hell, he already knew that. He knew when he agreed to participate in the attack. I'm sure he figured he'd get killed in the process and if he accepted that being told he could be executed would be nothing to fret about.
Apr 26, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
There is zero reacation because anything that is remotely human died a long time ago. To live or to die means absolutely nothing. His heart may still be beating but the human factor has disappeared