Boston (CBS NEWS) - Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arraigned in
his hospital bed Monday, and charges have been sealed until his first
appearance before a judge, CBS News has confirmed.
magistrate judge went to the hospital to conduct the initial appearance,
an official at the Federal Courthouse in Boston confirmed to CBS News.
The White House said the 19-year-old Tsarnaev will not be tried as an
enemy combatant in a military tribunal but he will be prosecuted in the
federal court system.
Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S.
citizen. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tsarnaev said that under
U.S. law, American citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. He
said that since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used
to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.
Tsarnaev is conscious and responding in writing to authorities, CBS
News correspondent Bob Orr reports. Officials did not reveal further
details on what they are asking, or what his responses are.
Tsarnaev was in serious condition Sunday, two days after being pulled
bloody and wounded from a tarp-covered boat in a Watertown backyard. The
capture came at the end of a tense day-long manhunt that began with his
26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, dying in a gun battle with police.
Tsarnaev remains hospitalized under heavy guard. He is being treated at
Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where 11 victims of the
bombing were still hospitalized.
Officials say Tsarnaev
is recuperating from a bullet wound in the leg and in the neck,
rendering him unable to speak. They could not comment on whether or not
the neck wound was self-inflicted.
The twin bombings killed three people and wounded more than 180.
officials said the elite interrogation team would question Tsarnaev, a
Massachusetts college student, without reading him his Miranda rights,
which guarantees the right to remain silent and the right to an
Senior correspondent John Miller told "CBS
This Morning" that investigators are focused at the moment on the
"public safety exceptions" -- questioning the suspect on matters of
"It's basically, 'Where did you make
the bombs? Are there any more explosives out there? Any more cells? Are
there any more people?'" said Miller.
"And while I'm told
he's being cooperative, I'm also getting the sense -- and I want to be
careful of too many specifics here -- that he's not saying there's a
whole second wave of plots or plotters here. Still there are places
where there may be explosives and other things to find, it sounds like."
Miller stressed that is it is still early in the investigation, and the
process of questioning Tsarnaev -- who can only respond by writing - is
slow. "Things could develop or change," Miller said.
Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero said the legal
exception applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety
and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule.
federal public defender's office in Massachusetts said it has agreed to
represent Tsarnaev once he is charged. Miriam Conrad, public defender
for Massachusetts, said he should have a lawyer appointed as soon as
possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible
In a statement, several GOP lawmakers -
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham,
R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. - called the decision not to
immediately Mirandize Tsarnaev "sound and in our national security
interests." However, they expressed concern that "exclusively relying on
the public safety exception to Miranda could very well be a national
security mistake. It could severely limit our ability to gather critical
information about future attacks from this suspect."
believe that two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings
were likely planning other attacks, based on the cache of weapons
uncovered, the city's police commissioner, Ed Davis, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. He said authorities found an arsenal of homemade explosives after Friday's gun battle between police and the two suspects.
have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that
scene -- the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and
the firepower that they had -- that they were going to attack other
individuals," Davis said. "That's my belief at this point."
scene of the gun battle was loaded with unexploded bombs, and
authorities had to alert arriving officers to them and clear the scene,
Davis said. One improvised explosive device was found in the Mercedes
which the brothers are accused of carjacking, he said.
"This was as dangerous as it gets in urban policing," Davis said.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Sunday that surveillance video
from Monday's Boston Marathon attack shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropping
his backpack and calmly walking away from it before the bomb inside it
Patrick also said that he has no idea what motivated the suspects. Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation,"
Patrick said it's hard to imagine why someone would deliberately harm
"innocent men, women and children in the way that these two fellows
Patrick also said law enforcers believe the immediate threat ended when police killed one suspect and captured the other.
Barack Obama said there are many unanswered questions about the
bombing, including whether the Tsarnaev brothers - ethnic Chechens from
southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and lived in
the Boston area - had help from others. The president urged people not
to rush judgment about their motivations.
On Sunday, family and friends attended a wake at a funeral home in
Medford, Massachusetts, for Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant
worker, who was one one of the three people killed in the marathon
bombing. A private funeral is scheduled for Monday.
Martin Richard of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood and 23-year-old Lu
Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, also died in
the attacks. BU is holding a memorial service for Lu on Monday.
Sunday, a Boston synagogue opened its doors to worshipers from Trinity
Church, which sits in the shadow of the Marathon finish line and remains
closed. An interfaith service will also be held Sunday near the finish
line where people set up a make-shift memorial as police cleared away
debris from the bombing. The Rev. Nancy Taylor of the Old South Church
said worshipers will be showing solidarity with the bombing victims.
Sean O'Malley was offering a Mass to pray for those killed and injured
in the attack and manhunt for the suspects. The service will also honor
police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and doctors who
The all-day manhunt Friday brought the Boston area to a near standstill and put people on edge across the metropolitan area.
The break came around nightfall when a homeowner in Watertown saw
blood on his boat, pulled back the tarp and saw a bloody Dzhokhar
Tsarnaev hiding inside, police said. After an exchange of gunfire, he
was seized and taken away in an ambulance.
celebrations erupted in and around Boston, with chants of "USA! USA!"
Residents flooded the streets in relief four days after the two
pressure-cooker bombs packed with nails and other shrapnel went off.
During the long night of violence leading up to the capture, the
Tsarnaev brothers killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police
officer, severely wounded another lawman and took part in a furious
shootout and car chase in which they hurled homemade explosives at
police, authorities said.
Watertown Police Chief Edward
Deveau said one of the explosives was the same type used during Monday's
Boston Marathon attack, and authorities later recovered a pressure
cooker lid that had embedded in a car down the street. He said the
suspects also tossed two grenades before Tamerlan Tsarnaev ran out of
ammunition and police tackled him.
But while handcuffing
him, officers had to dive out of the way as Dzhokhar drove the carjacked
Mercedes at them, Deveau said. The sport utility vehicle dragged
Tamerlan's body down the block, he said. Police initially tracked the
escaped suspect by a blood trail he left behind a house after he
abandoned the Mercedes, negotiating his surrender hours later.
federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is tracing
the weapons to try to determine how they were obtained by the suspects.
Chechnya, where the Tsarnaev family has roots, has been the scene of
two wars between Russian forces and separatists since 1994. That spawned
an Islamic insurgency that has carried out deadly bombings in Russia
and the region, although not in the West.
have not offered a motive for the Boston attack. But in interviews with
officials and those who knew the Tsarnaevs, a picture has emerged of the
older one as someone embittered toward the U.S., increasingly vehement
in his Muslim faith and influential over his younger brother.
Russian FSB intelligence service told the FBI in 2011 about information
that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a follower of radical Islam, two law
enforcement officials said Saturday.
According to an FBI
news release, a foreign government said that Tamerlan Tsarnaev appeared
to be a strong believer and that he had changed drastically since 2010
as he prepared to leave the U.S. for travel to a region in Russia to
join unspecified underground groups
The FBI did not name
the foreign government, but the two officials said it was Russia. The
officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to talk about the matter publicly.
said that in response, its agents interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev and
relatives, and did not find any domestic or foreign terrorism activity.
The bureau said it looked into such things as his telephone and online
activity, his travels and his associations with others.
An uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers said he had a falling-out with Tamerlan over the man's increased commitment to Islam.
Tsarni from Maryland said Tamerlan told him in a 2009 phone
conversation that he had chosen "God's business" over work or school.
Tsarni said he then contacted a family friend who told him Tsarnaev had
been influenced by a recent convert to Islam.
Tsarni said his relationship with his nephew basically ended after that call.
for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "he's been absolutely wasted by his older
brother. I mean, he used him. He used him for whatever he's done,"
Albrecht Ammon, a downstairs-apartment
neighbor of Tamerlan Tsarnaev in Cambridge, said in an interview that
the older brother had strong political views about the United States.
Ammon quoted Tsarnaev as saying that the U.S. uses the Bible as "an
excuse for invading other countries."
studied accounting as a part-time student at Bunker Hill Community
College in Boston for three semesters from 2006 to 2008, the school
said. He was married with a young daughter.
Tsarnaev was a student at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The
college was evacuated Friday, but officials said residence and dining
halls will reopen Sunday.