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.