Sen. Paul confident Tsarnaev will face justice regardless of when Miranda rights are read

04/22/2013 11:52 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who has been outspoken about the federal government’s handling of alleged terrorists, wouldn’t say Monday whether he had any concerns about officials’ delay in reading Miranda rights to Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Federal authorities invoked what’s called the “public safety exception” after arresting the 19-year-old Tsarnaev on Friday so they could interrogate him without reading him his Miranda rights.

The New York Times reported late Sunday that investigators had questioned Tsarnaev, who is being treated for a serious wound to the neck, using pen and paper because he could not speak.

Paul said he was reluctant to comment on whether authorities appropriately handled it because he wasn’t sure whether the Miranda rights had been read to Tsarnaev by Monday morning.

“There are a lot of things we don’t actually know. It’s hard to comment about things we don’t know about it. But I think we’re fully capable of prosecuting this young man. And I think we will,” Paul said.

Paul, while appearing at an economic development announcement in southern Jefferson County, paused for less than 40 seconds to answer two questions and left before a third one could be asked:

Paul has been outspoken in the past about the handling of terror suspects. For instance, when two Iraqi nationals were arrested in Bowling Green and charged with conspiring to commit terrorist acts, Paul argued that the two men should be tried in federal courts while others, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, argued that the case would be best handled in a military court at Guantanamo Bay.

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