Though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is having difficulty speaking, he's still cooperating with authorities who are looking to learn more about the bombings Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan allegedly executed last week at the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev, 19, suffered a gunshot wound to the throat and has only been able to offer a "no" in response to whether or not he can afford a lawyer. However, federal investigators say he's been providing written responses and confirming information by shaking his head.
Investigators have utilized the Miranda rule's "public safety" exception, meaning they can question Tsarnaev without explaining his right to an attorney in order to get information about other possible threats. Furthermore, none of the information Tsarnaev provided before being read his rights will be admissible.
Tsarnaev revealed that there were no terrorist groups involved in the bombings, and that he and his brother's "radicalization" was inspired by watching videos. He also told investigators that his brother was the catalyst in the bombings. This reinforces the widespread belief that Tamerlan Tsarnaev manipulated his younger brother, as family and friends say the elder Tsarnaev brother grew "increasingly militant" in recent years.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with malicious destruction of property resulting in death and using a weapon of mass destruction yesterday. Upon his recovery, he'll be transported to a federal prison. According to the Associated Press, one of his three public defenders filed a motion to have two death penalty lawyers represent him due to the severity of the case.