Reports indicate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was mirandized by Federal Judge Marianne Bowler against the wishes of investigators who wanted to continue questioning the suspect.
As news has come out of Bowler’s actions on April 22, Republican lawmakers have pressed the DOJ to explain “why it didn’t make a stronger bid to resist the judge’s plans.”
These lawmakers include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI), who said, “We have a longstanding tradition that the judiciary does not interfere with investigations. This sets a very dangerous precedent.”
DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd said that after the first “sealed charges” against Tsarnaev were filed with Judge Bowler on Sunday, April 21, it was clear “the hearing would be on Monday.” At that point, Boyd says, “The rules of criminal procedure require the court to inform the defendant of his right to silence.”
On Monday, April 22, Judge Bowler mirandized Tsarnaev in his hospital room. Officials say the bombing suspect stopped talking to investigators once he was read his Miranda rights.