Dzhokar Tsarnaev (FBI)

Federal public defenders have agreed to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect

Federal defender Miriam Conrad says that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible

Katie McDonough
April 21, 2013 1:02AM (UTC)

According to a report from the Associated Press, Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, has confirmed that her office expects to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he is charged.

As the AP reports, "Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are 'serious issues regarding possible interrogation.'"


As Salon previously reported, law enforcement officials have not read Tsarnaev his Miranda Rights, with the Justice Department invoking a temporary suspension of standard procedure as dictated by the Fifth Amendment “in order to question the suspect extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and to gain critical intelligence.”


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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