ACLU objects to Miranda warnings delay

The American Civil Liberties Union is objecting to federal officials' decision to delay reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda warnings under a terrorism-related exception.

“The ACLU shares the public's relief that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been apprehended,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero in a statement. “Every criminal defendant is entitled to be read Miranda rights. The public safety exception should be read narrowly. It applies only when there is a continued threat to public safety and is not an open-ended exception to the Miranda rule. Additionally, every criminal defendant has a right to be brought before a judge and to have access to counsel. We must not waver from our tried-and-true justice system, even in the most difficult of times. Denial of rights is un-American and will only make it harder to obtain fair convictions.”

Privacy advocates are also worried by the use of image analysis in law enforcement.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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