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Judge Insisted On Miranda Rights For Boston Suspect And FBI 'Was Not Happy'

•, Erin Fuchs
 The FBI knew Judge Marianne Bowler was planning on reading the Miranda rights but "was not happy about it," House intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers said in a hearing Wednesday.

"They believed they needed more time. This is not a good way to stop another bomb from going off," Rogers said, according to the Journal.

Investigators had invoked a public safety exception to put off reading Tsarnaev his Miranda rights, including telling him that he had a right to remain silent. Usually, prosecutors can't use statements made without a Miranda warning against a suspect in court. This exception lets investigators continue questioning a suspect and later use that information against the person in a court of law.

The idea behind the exception is that investigators feel free to question suspects about imminent risks to the public. Tsarnaev stopped speaking as soon as his rights were read to him.

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Comment by Ed Price
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And I always thought that if they didn't read you your rights, they couldn't use anything you said in court. So, the judge was acting on behalf of the FBI, saving them some embarrassment in the future when all the answers to their questioning would be thrown out because they didn't read him his rights.

Comment by Powell Gammill
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And will the trial judge do the correct and right thing and exclude all testimony gathered prior to the Miranda warning while the defendant was effectively drugged with truth serum?  Will the judge exclude all fruit from the poisoned tree as should be done?  Rights, what rights?