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Actual Charging Document for Tsarnaev in Federal District Court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston bombings, has been charged with using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and malicious destruction of property resulting in death. The Washington Post reports that the defendant will not be tried as an “enemy combatant” but as a civilian.


The choice to prosecute Tsarnaev as a civilian is significant as it precludes the government from trying him in a military tribunal. Tsarnaev, thus, will be tried in U.S. federal court.


You can read the criminal complaint here.

You can read The Post article here.

You can find the Department of Justice press release here.

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  1. […] William C. Snyder weighed in on the weapon of mass destruction (WMD) charges against Dzhokar Tsarnaev, one of the alleged Boston bombers, in an article by Emily Feldman of […]

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