BOSTON — The White House says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said today that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be prosecuted in the federal court system, a move that will, however, allow federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty if they so choose.
Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. Carney said that, since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.
The White House announcement came as cities and towns across the state — including Gloucester — paused AT 2:50 P.M. to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing today. Those tributes were aimed at recognizing the victims of the bombings with a moment of silence and ringing of bells at the precise time of the first explosion near the finish line of last Monday’s Marathon.
The Gloucester ceremony included remarks by Mayor Carolyn Kirk on the steps of Gloucester’s City Hall, with a ringing of the bells in the hall’s tower. Among those in attendance was Gloucester Police patrolman and K9 officer Chris Genovese, who, with his dog Mako, was deployed to Watertown for the manhunt to track down Dshokhar Tsarnaev Friday night.The White House decision also came a day after Boston’s police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that he believes they were probably planning other attacks.
The surviving suspect remains hospitalized at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital, unable to speak with a gunshot wound to the throat, but responding in writing to interrogators.
Boston Police Commissioine Ed Davis said that, after the two brothers engaged in a gun battle with police early Friday, authorities found many unexploded homemade bombs at the scene, along with more than 250 rounds of ammunition.