Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s requests for lawyer were ignored
According to reports from the Los Angeles Times,highlighted by Glenn Greenwald this week, the delay in reading Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights may be the least in possible abrogations in constitutional legal procedure in the FBI's interrogations. Tsarnaev reportedly requested an attorney repeatedly but was ignored. There has been some debate as to whether the "public safety exception" was appropriately invoked to delay Mirandizing the 19-year-old suspect, but, as Greenwald writes on denying requests for a lawyer, "this is much more serious":
If the LA Times report is true, then it means that the DOJ did not merely fail to advise him of his right to a lawyer but actively blocked him from exercising that right. This is a US citizen arrested for an alleged crime on US soil: there is no justification whatsoever for denying him his repeatedly exercised right to counsel.