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Tsarnaev Had Zero Reaction When Told He Faced Death

Meanwhile, judge under fire for reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights

(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... More »

Dzhokhar Hears Rights, Goes Silent

To avoid execution, cooperating may be his best bet

(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... More »

Feds Dial Back Miranda Rights for Terror Suspects

New rules allow terrorists to be questioned longer

(Newser) - The Obama administration has issued new rules allowing law enforcement to hold terror suspects longer than other alleged criminals without reading them their Miranda rights, the Wall Street Journal reports. The change, which is to be used when investigators “conclude that continued unwarned interrogation” is needed “to collect... More »

Suspects Must Say They Want to Remain Silent: Supreme Court

Just remaining silent isn't enough to invoke Miranda protection

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says suspects must explicitly tell police they want to be silent in order to invoke their Miranda protection during interrogations. Merely remaining silent doesn't do the job: The justices said today suspects must tell police they are going to remain silent to stop legally admissible questioning, just... More »

Ditch Miranda? Obama's a Coward

But the right is going to regret this just as much

(Newser) - News that the Obama administration wants to strip terror suspects of their Miranda rights will end up being bad news for both the left and right, says Matt Taibbi. For the White House and Democrats, this "represents a new low on the utter-lack-of-balls front," Taibbi writes at his... More »

So Miranda Didn't Blow This Case—but It Could Have!

Treat terrorists as enemy combatants, or we endanger civilians

(Newser) - America must update its approach to investigating terrorists, argues Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . It's great that Faisal Shahzad kept talking after being read his Miranda rights, but what if he stopped? His silence could have put people at risk. "We should treat enemy combatants as enemy combatants,... More »

Gingrich Corrects Gaffe, Adds Flip-Flop

Rips Obama for stance on trying terrorists he praised Bush for in '05

(Newser) - Maybe Newt Gingrich just ought to hold his tongue on terrorists and US law. Earlier this week the former House Speaker said shoe-bomber Richard Reid was American, and therefore was properly read his Miranda rights by the Bush administration—but Reid is British, and now Gingrich says he meant would-be... More »

Whoops! Newt Calls Shoe Bomber American

Gingrich defends Richard Reid treatment on false grounds

(Newser) - On the Daily Show last night, Newt Gingrich trotted out the oft-repeated GOP complaint that Miranda Rights were read to the Detroit underwear bomber. As he has done before, Jon Stewart pointed out that Richard Reid, the shoe bomber, got the same treatment from George W. Bush's administration. Gingrich quickly... More »

Larry King Better Than Feds at Interrogation: McConnell

Senate's top Republican blasts Obama on terror

(Newser) - Perhaps a little too pumped up by his new 41-59 majority in the Senate, Republican leader Mitch McConnell lashed the Obama administration for allowing would-be Detroit bomber Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab to lawyer up. More »

Abdulmutallab Now Cooperating With Feds

Authorities get 'useful, current' info from underwear bomber

(Newser) - The so-called “underwear bomber” is now cooperating with US authorities, who have acted upon the “useful, current” information Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has given them, sources tell Politico . Abdulmutallab is said to have clammed up when he was given his Miranda rights less than an hour into questioning after... More »

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