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    Which reflect my mixed feelings about this

    1 - The kid is likely smart enough to know he doesn't need to talk
    2 - how are they going to force him to talk? he's not in Gitmo
    3 - he will be talking to a lawyer, so if they brutalize him, he can reveal this
    4 - might they bring in his uncle or some of the victims or the father of the child killed to shame him into talking?
    5 - none of this jeopardizes a conviction - they have plenty on him without his admitting guilt
    6 - but if his defence is in part he didn't know what he was doing - not part of the bomb building, then was in a panic after, afraid for his life when his picture shown - this good be ended by his talking (this is where having a lawyer could help him, at least in avoiding the death penalty)
    7 - couldn't the US att'y pressure him to tell what he knows in exchange for no death penalty? (risky in terms of public opinion - but remember, Terry Nichols got a life term and the public accepted it for a much worse toll)

    On the whole, unless they have strong evidence of no one else involved (who now could flee the country) or that no other bombs have been planted, I get the imminent threat part. But the whole thing is borderline, and I agree that if Obama weren't president, a lot of us might look at this differently.

    That said, doing this likely immunizes  Justicer Dept in part for going ahead with a civil trial and is the political course of least resistance.

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