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Poll: Tsarnaev should be tried in nonmilitary court

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A makeshift memorial near the finish line of the Boston Marathon (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Nearly 75 percent of Americans want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of bombing the Boston Marathon, to be tried in a nonmilitary federal court, a new Washington Post/ABC poll finds.

Seventy percent said they believe Tsarnaev should be put to death if found guilty.

Past polls have shown that Americans are generally more supportive of trying terrorism suspects in military rather than civilian courts. The pollsters aren't sure why the Tsarnaev case isn't aligning with that trend.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and others have called for Tsarnaev to be treated as an "enemy combatant" and held indefinitely without a lawyer, but that would almost certainly be illegal since no one has connected the 19-year-old to a larger terror network. Tsarnaev is also a U.S. citizen arrested on U.S. soil, which would complicate any efforts to try him in the military system.

Authorities questioned Tsarnaev for 16 hours before reading him his Miranda rights. He has now been assigned attorneys, and has reportedly stopped talking.

 

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