Public defenders will represent bomb suspect

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The FBI identified Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev as suspect number 2 in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings (AP photo).

The FBI identified Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev as suspect number 2 in 2013 Boston Marathon bombings (AP photo).

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.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the exception applies only when there’s a continued threat to public safety and is “not an open-ended exception” to the Miranda rule.

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