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April 20th, 2013
06:03 PM ET

Why Miranda rights matter for Boston bombing suspect

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive Friday night. Now, the government is trying to figure out how to bring him to justice. Overnight, a legal debate erupted over the decision to hold off on reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights.

"As soon as they Mirandize him, and they give him the right to a lawyer, they know they can use those statements against him in court," said Beth Wilkinson, a former prosecutor who helped send Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to the death penalty.

"If they don't do that, they're going to have a very tough time using any evidence they collect from him before that time in court," added Wilkinson.
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April 20th, 2013
05:17 PM ET

What could have driven the Boston bombing suspects?

A hail of gunfire punctuated the closing moments of the manhunt for the most wanted man in the country, which ended in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings, being taken into custody Friday night.

Tsarnaev is now under the watchful eye of authorities. Federal prosecutors may charge him while he is still in the hospital, where he is listed in serious condition. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, did not live to answer for his alleged crimes. He died after a shootout with police early Friday morning.

Watertown's police chief tells CNN that early indications are that the two men acted alone. But we are still learning about what could have driven them to carry out such an attack.

People who knew Dzhokhar Tsarnaev describe him as a "good kid," who was "dedicated," and "intelligent." Family members said Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan were "angels," who would never commit such an attack. They were, by many accounts, normal young guys.
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April 20th, 2013
05:10 PM ET

Thermal images of boat led to Boston bombing suspect's capture

The final moments of the capture of the second Boston bombing suspect came through a deft combination of tenacity and technology. Massachusetts State Police released thermal images Saturday that were taken from a helicopter high above the scene Friday night. The black and white images clearly show the body outline of the suspect, cowering inside a boat in suburban Watertown, Boston.

Police had spent the day cutting off all avenues of escape from Watertown, so when the call came from a homeowner who had seen a torn tarp on his boat, a blood stain, and then a person crouching inside, hundreds of officers raced to the scene.

As police hustled folks in the neighborhood away to safety, a helicopter with a sensor to detect heat sources flew over the boat and ascertained that there was someone inside, and he was moving.

They also released aerial images of a robot that police sent in extending a robotic arm to lift the tarp, and view the suspect inside.

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Boston bombing suspect attended classes, parties in days after the attack

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April 20th, 2013
11:48 AM ET

Boston bombing suspect attended classes, parties in days after the attack

Boston (CNN) - Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, appeared on the campus of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth every day after the attack until late Thursday, a university official told CNN. Tsarnaev attended classes as well as parties in the dorms during that period.

Tsarnaev is registered as a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, reportedly majoring in marine biology. The university ordered its campus evacuated on Friday. The school is located 65 miles south of Cambridge, just west of New Bedford.

The 19-year-old suspect was taken into taken into custody Friday night, bringing to an end a massive manhunt in Boston. An earlier shootout with police left his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev - the other man wanted in the bombings - dead.

The younger Tsarnaev is in serious condition, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said at a news conference. He is being treated at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Kelly Lawman said.

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