Reporting John Ostapkovich
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By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The questioning of the surviving Boston bombing suspect has already raised controversy among those who think it should be a military justice matter, but a Villanova Law professor says things are being handled properly.
Former federal prosecutor Lauren Ouziel, now teaching national security law at Villanova, dismisses calls for military jurisdiction.
“For defendants that are arrested on American soil, in the United States, for acts committed and planned in the United States, if you look at the history, we’ve been prosecuting these people in the civilian court system to great success. They get fair trials. They get speedy trials under the Speedy Trail Act, and the results have not been unsatisfactory,” she tells KYW Newsradio.
Prof. Ouziel says the Miranda public safety exception in a national security context is a grey area, and that any interrogators will be aware of his medical condition and treatment in evaluating answers.