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Opinion Sampler: About that Boston bomber ...

Published April 24, 2013 1:39 pm

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— The rule of law: Boston case belongs in civilian court - Salt Lake Tribune EditorialA young man is lying in a hospital in Boston, now formally accused of planting the bombs that killed three and injured more than 180 others at the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon. Federal prosecutors have charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the bombing, and investigators are reportedly now communicating with the 19-year-old in search of information as to his motivation and connections, if any, to terrorist groups, foreign or domestic.That news, on top of all we learned over the past several days about the bombing, the investigation, the chase, the death of Tsarnaev's older brother in a confrontation with police and the younger man's arrest, suggest that the American system of justice — local police, state officials, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney — are fully up to the challenge of the investigation and prosecution of this case.

— The fiasco of military tribunals — Dana Milbank | The Washington Post/sltrib.com... compared to civilian trials, the military trials take longer, cost more, have inferior procedures and produce more lenient sentences. Forget about the ideological and legal debates over the military tribunals: The things just don't work. ...

— Boston bomb suspect deserves rights under law — Richard Davis | The Deseret News... American have the right to feel secure when going to public places and enjoying recreational activities. Those who perpetrated this act wanted to destroy that feeling of safety. They sought to rob Americans of rights and liberties we cherish. That is why it is so vital that yet another American value — our individual civil liberties — not be discarded by Americans ourselves in the wake of this tragedy. ...

— By the book on Boston bombing suspect — Denver Post EditorialThe Obama administration made the right call Monday in announcing that it was charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in federal court rather than hold and question him as an "enemy combatant," as several Republican lawmakers and voices such as The Wall Street Journal's editorial page have urged. ...

— President or terror suspect, the rule of law applies — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

— Justice in bombing can be done in civilian court — Fresno Bee Editorial

— Tsarnaev's trial belongs in U.S. civilian court — Des Moines Register Editorial

— Boston bombings underscore urgency of immigration reform — San Jose Mercury News EditorialOpponents of immigration reform, including Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Rand Paul of Kentucky, want to slow down legislation in the wake of the Boston bombings. It's no surprise; politicians exploit news events for political gain all the time. But the hypocrisy in this case is particularly transparent. If these lawmakers see a way — or a reason — to have prevented 8-year-old Dzhokhar and 15-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev from entering the country 10 years ago, when their parents were granted asylum, we're all ears. ...

— Take time to get it right — Everett Herald Editorial