Charges were filed against Boston bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev today while he lay in his hospital bed, a federal court official said. The United States Attorney’s office for the District of Massachusetts announced that Tsarnaev was charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property in U.S. resulting in death.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Tsarnaev will not be treated as an enemy combatant. “He will not be treated as an enemy combatant,” said Carney. “We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice. Under US law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. It’s important to remember that since 9/11 we have used the federal court system to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.”