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Why the bombing suspect wasn’t read his Miranda Rights

One of the big questions surrounding the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect, is why law enforcement officials did not read him his Miranda Rights. The Justice Department cited the public safety exception, which allows law enforcement to temporarily question a suspect before reading the Miranda Rights, if there is an "objectively reasonable need to protect the police or the public from immediate danger," according to the FBI website.

In this case, the Justice Department said it invoked the exception "in order to question the suspect extensively about other potential explosive devices or accomplices and to gain critical intelligence," according to an official who spoke with TPM.

The Wall Street Journal explains the background:

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