Public defenders will represent bomb suspect
By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer April 20, 2013 2:18PM
A sign with the photographs of Sean Collier, bottom left, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer killed, and Richard Donohue, a Boston Police officer who was shot and critically wounded, is seen at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Saturday, April 20, 2013, in Boston. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured late Friday evening in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
BOSTON (AP) — Federal public defenders have agreed to represent the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he is charged.
Tsarnaev remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed.
Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are “serious issues regarding possible interrogation.”
U.S. officials said a special interrogation team for high-value suspects would question him without reading him his Miranda rights, under a public safety exception that exists to protect police and the public from immediate danger. Miranda rights include the right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer.