Breaking: Bombing suspect won't be charged as 'enemy combatant'
April 22nd, 2013
01:06 PM ET
1 year ago

Breaking: Bombing suspect won't be charged as 'enemy combatant'

(CNN) - The surviving suspect in last week's Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "will not be treated as an enemy combatant," but rather will be prosecuted "through our civilian system of justice," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday afternoon.

"Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions," he said.

soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Yes, I say let the great citizens of Boston have at him. They will make sure justice is served.

    April 22, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. California

    If that's the case then why didn't/aren't they reading him his Miranda rights? Is he a US Citizen or not?

    There just needs to be consistancy in these issues is all.

    April 22, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. AlekFractoid

    "Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions,"

    But we can be shot in drone attacks?

    April 22, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. David S.

    Since when did the White House begin worrying about U.S. Law?

    April 22, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. dudes5

    step 1 in obama's impeachment

    April 22, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Mike H

    which is code for......he will get life in prison, cost the tax payer millions and get to watch TV everyday. Nice work

    April 22, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. alan

    Nothing to see here. Its just a police matter.

    April 22, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Melvin

    Well, it will take as long if not longer than the trial of the Fort Hood terrorist.

    April 22, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. MrReasonable

    That is a lie, US citizens can be tried in military commissions. By doing this, they are making it harder to get valuable information from this suspect since he can now lawyer up. This administration is like a bad version of the Three Stooges.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. Robyn Davenport

    That's total BS ... and his citizenship should be revoked because he swore just months ago (obviously lied) to protect the US from all enemies foreign and domestic .. so he's not a citizen and he has no rights.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Gunny

    Fine! But can we at least get someone like Rudy Gulianni to be the prosecutor in the case? I just want to make sure it isn't a government appointed prosecutor, at least not from the current admin....the DOJ is riddled with ridiculousness. Let's not let them screw this up too.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Tim Burns

    As much as I'd love to see this piece of human waste sent to Gitmo and be water-boarded, I think a stay in federal custody prior to his death sentence being carried out will suffice.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. catin

    That's fine.....just put him away for the rest of his life.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. md

    II'm just shocked! no, not really.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Stoney_Maroney

    Just another in a long string of outrages perpetrated upon the American populace by the worst president in history...

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. BrianMemphis

    I never thought he would. The current administration never embraced the enemy combatant concept. A terrorist act is a criminal act to them. Time to vote you left wing idiots out next year.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Distillerman

    When anyone, even an American citizen, uses tactics fondly embraced (and created) by terrorists, they are automatically promoted to the rank of "enemy combatants." Our pathetic and waffling government will NEVER stop the plague of such violence with such pronouncements.

    April 22, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Charles

    If he's found to be in cahoots with a bunch of foreign terrorist I'd begg to differ with Mr. Obama.

    April 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. AliVonGoldberg

    Should hold him as combatant, interrogate and buy time to investigate. 48 hours in a hospital bed won't reveal much. Feds can always charge him later.

    April 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Doc

    "Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions," he said. – Unless you are overseas, then a drone can zap your ass dead – no due process, no courts, nada.

    April 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. Jerry Mellovich

    Really???? Well then how about adding TREASON to the list of charges?

    April 22, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. VetJack

    Of course he's a non-combatant!! It was extremely difficult for the WH or anyone associated with it including the press to spit out the terrible words "TERRORIST"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They choked every time they had to utter those words because if you will remember, one of the first things 'Barry' did 4+ years ago, was to announce that there is NO TERRORISM!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Taylor

    Makes sense; the Supreme Court has already ruled it would be illegal if they tried.

    April 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. midnight

    Wait, they have to follow the law and not charge as enemy combatant, but they can violate US law by not giving Miranda warning?

    April 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Dave R

    Citizen? Well, OK. The charge should then be "treason". A charge nobody wants to use or even state anymore.

    April 22, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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