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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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