I sure hate to defend the constitutional rights of religiously motivated lunatics, but accused bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, deserves every protection afforded to him in the constitution. The right wing in America is apoplectic that Dzhokhar is being treated like a criminal, and they would like to see him denied his basic constitutional rights as an accused criminal.
Should Tsarnaev, an American citizen, be denied habeas corpus, a right to a trial or Fifth Amendment protections, just because of the motive of his crime? This is a new requirement I’ve never seen before. If we don’t “like” a criminal’s motives, should we then just ship these undesirables off to Guantanamo Bay? (John Stewart nailed it.) Continue reading