Robert O’Block: Suspect Charged

Robert O'Block reports that federal authorities have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with using a 'weapon of mass destruction.' He has been charged on a federal level, leaving open the possibility of the death penalty. Tsarnaev currently cannot speak as the result of a gunshot wound to the throat. He has been communicating through nodding and writing. The brothers allegedly used low-grade but deadly explosives that detonated a block apart. There is speculation that the two were planning more attacks in other locations.

There were three killed from the two blasts and more than 200 injured, but considering the power of the explosions, it could have been much worse. It appeared that the two brothers did not have an escape plan. The black jacket and white hat that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wore on the day of the bombings were found in his dorm room.

When the criminal complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, it ended the debate over how this terrorist attack, the first successful one since 9/11, should be handled. There were some in Congress that thought he should be designated as an "enemy combatant." This would allow the government to charge him under the laws of war or they could hold him indefinitely. White House press secretary Jay Carney stated on Monday at a White House news debriefing that "the suspect cannot be tried in a military commission under federal law because he is a U.S. citizen. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice."

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