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  •  First Question (12+ / 0-)

    Did they know the kid had participated in a crime? Otherwise, cleaning out a dorm room is not necessarily a criminal offense.

    •  If they learned about it afterwards (20+ / 0-)

      (ie, do not live under a rock)

      and they have evidence or know the location of evidence and did not bring that to the police, there could be complicity.

      Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

      by Wisper on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:48:15 AM PDT

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      •  It is a little strange to think that (7+ / 0-)

        that dorm suite had not been searched by the FBI already.

        If I'd been living with someone like that and the authorities had already gone through the place, I'd probably be throwing their stuff out under the assumption that the authorities would have already taken what they needed - and probably because I'd want to eradicate my environment of anything having to do with that person.

        But we have no idea what the deal is here right now.  These reports are really preliminary and lack substance upon which to make any realistic judgments about what's going on.

        •  I thought we learned (12+ / 0-)

          that Tsarnaev went to campus the day of/after the bombings.  

          The FBI did not search it until the whole manhunt started.

          These kids may have helped him before the FBI knew about him.  

          I suppose the question would be did they know he was the bomber at the time or were they just "helping a friend at school", and if it was the latter, why didn't they speak up a day or two later when the entire city was locked down and their "Friend's" name and picture was on every TV and newspaper?

          ((PURE SPECULATION on my part... just trying to remember what we knew of the timeline))

          Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

          by Wisper on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:57:52 AM PDT

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          •  The story is way too vague right now. (1+ / 0-)
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            The charges are sealed.  The reporters are asking all of the same questions that everyone else is and basically no one seems to know anything meaningful other than the fact that the FBI has taken three so far unnamed people into custody.

            •  If making false statements were a crime... (0+ / 0-)

              the whole GOP would have to be prosecuted, along with many Democrats.

              There's no such thing as a free market!

              by Albanius on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:05:42 AM PDT

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              •  Making false statements is a crime. (0+ / 0-)

                The problem is that the law is selectively enforced - and the other problem is that it is a bad law in the first place.

                •  Um, no (0+ / 0-)

                  Making false statements under oath can be a crime, but  

                  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

                  There's no such thing as a free market!

                  by Albanius on Wed May 01, 2013 at 11:41:19 AM PDT

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              •  Prosecutors & investigators use this as a tool (0+ / 0-)

                Investigators are not required to inform persons being questioned that making false statements is a crime or that they have a right to silence. With reference to this case (& I still don't know the details about it), all it would take would be for one student's story to differ in one detail from the other's, & whichever one they chose not to believe could be charged with a felony. Simply deleting a text message, or flushing drugs down the toilet for that matter, can get a person charged with obstruction of justice. It's powerful leverage to get "uncooperative" people to talk. It's also a way to nail a defendant when charges stemming from the actual crime are dubious or unprovable. If prosecutors can't get a conviction on the actual crime, they can usually get the defendant for lying to investigators about it or destroying evidence of it (e.g., Martha Stewart).

                In spite of all those words in the constitution about the right to a fair & speedy trial by jury, the presumption of innocence & the protection against self-incrimination, in practice American justice is far from fair. The game is tilted heavily in favor of prosecutors, who wield more power than the judges themselves. If they want you in prison, that is where you will end up.

          •  probably too scared they'd be sent to gitmo (0+ / 0-)

            if they did speak up

            Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

            by The Dead Man on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:16:02 AM PDT

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    •  According to Washington Post (4+ / 0-)


      Three college students have been arrested on suspicion of assisting one of the two suspects following the Boston Marathon bombings, according to law enforcement officials.

      The three were identified as friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who has been charged with carrying out the bombings along with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. The younger brother was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, the same school attended by the students at various points in recent months, according to authorities.

      Two federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing inquiry, said the three disposed of material at a Boston area landfill at the request of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev following the bombings.

      The Boston Police Department said Wednesday that the three suspects were arrested in connection with the bombing, but it did not identify them or provide further details.

      “First and foremost, there is no threat to public safety,” the department said in a statement. It said that “additional details will be provided when they become available.”

      Last week, federal investigators searched a landfill at New Bedford, Mass., after a tip that evidence had been left there.

      {Not a sigline. You are hallucinating.}

      by koNko on Wed May 01, 2013 at 09:50:44 AM PDT

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    •  According to the Globe (2+ / 0-)
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      they saw the photos the FBI released, realized it was their friend, called him, and then went to his dorm room and removed things that would be incriminating including a backpack with fireworks with the explosive powder removed, and his laptop, and threw it in the trash. So yes, at the time they did that, they knew that he was being sought as the perpetrator, and they had spoken with him about it.

      Globe story here.

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