Napolitano Calls Out FBI: 'Right Hand Didn't Know What Left Hand Was Doing'
Judge Napolitano says judge interrupting FBI's questioning of Tsarnaev was "standard procedure" and the result of poor coordination.
Details on the arrest of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev continue to leak from the Obama administration. The latest report, from Megyn Kelly, is that federal judge Marianne Bowler interrupted an FBI interview with the 19-year-old at a hospital, reading him his Miranda rights and perhaps costing them valuable intelligence. The Justice Department had initially invoked the "public safety exception," giving authorities 48 hours before having to read Miranda rights to Tsarnaev.
Bill Hemmer discussed the legal implications of all of this with Judge Andrew Napolitano on America's Newsroom this morning. The judge said, despite accusations that Bowler cost the FBI valuable information, that she did nothing wrong in this case and was simply "following standard criminal procedure." He said the FBI knows that when it files a criminal complaint against a defendant, as it had done with Tsarnaev, that he would have to go before a judge and receive his Miranda rights.
Napolitano explained that the public safety exception was only supposed to be 10 seconds, according to the Supreme Court, but was expanded to 48 hours by Attorney General Eric Holder "on his own." Ultimately, the judge blamed poor coordination by the FBI.
"One FBI agent filed the criminal complaint in Boston while the other FBI agents were interrogating him in the hospital room. The right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing," said Napolitano.