The pending legal case sur­rounding Dzhokhar Tsar­naev and his report­edly copped-​​to involve­ment in the Marathon Monday bomb­ings is almost sure to incite a vis­ceral reac­tion from the public one way or another. It’s simply not an event to be con­sumed idly. There have been shouts to charge the 19-​​year-​​old as an enemy com­batant, shouts since for life impris­on­ment and shouts for the death penalty. There are those among us who vehe­mently claim his inno­cence and those who have long since written him off as guilty.

Details of the brothers’ lives before the attack con­tinue to trickle into the public drinking water. There’s a lot we still don’t know. What we do know is com­pli­cated. As the sole sus­pect in this unprece­dented act of terror lies in a city hos­pital bed, ques­tions abound. Why wasn’t he read his Miranda rights imme­di­ately? Will he get the death penalty? How will this trial play out?

To help anchor us with some answers amid a sea of ques­tions, I chatted with Daniel Medwed, a North­eastern law pro­fessor and expert in crim­inal pro­ce­dure, about the above and more. Below is an edited ver­sion of our conversation.

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