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Charges could come as early as today for suspected Boston bomber so -- -- you have as he remains hospitalized under heavy guard.
Handcuffed to his bed so we'll attorney general Eric Holder push for the death penalty and should he be charged so yeah.
Let's talk to former US attorney general under president George W.
Bush judge Alberto Gonzales who joins us today from the beautiful city of national according -- judge.
Well let's start with whether or not he should be charged or rather he should be classified as an enemy combatant Lindsey Graham was on -- -- -- yesterday -- said absolutely.
This guy is not a common criminal -- out to.
Kill Americans we think enemy combatant.
Well -- There are some people who think dynamic for commits an act of terrorism should be tried in our criminal courts.
There are others who thinks anyone -- who commits an act of terrorism there that they all should be designated enemy combatants.
It's a very complicated question and it seems to me what this administration should be.
He's looking at is.
What is -- best way to get this person to bring in the justice and also the best route to ensure that we get the best information we can.
Because that information.
To be helpful preventing additional tax and future and also that information could provide answers which would bring some measure of closure to the victims and to the families of victims so.
I suspect what's going on right now is that you're having sort of an interagency scrum.
Within the administration looking at all the information.
And deciding what's the best way to achieve both of those objectives short and at this point it sounds like what the government is doing -- -- using them.
Public safety exemption where they can talk to him for I think up to 48 hours.
Without reading him his Miranda rights.
Are you confident.
That you know we just had Bill Bratton on he said that he.
He thinks that's OK okay let's get what we can out of him for two days and then -- dies and then see where it goes from there.
Well of course he he even when someone goes in our criminal justice system.
And the armor and -- -- it is often the case that people come forward and voluntarily voluntarily provide information and then of course we may have a situation where.
He has information that we want we have something we can give him which is his life I say for example take -- definitely off the table.
And so it is possible that could be some kind of deal made where he provides information and in exchange for that the government has an -- some kind of plaintive plea agreement so.
The fact that even if a decision is made to put -- -- criminal justice system.
That doesn't mean that were not gonna get the information that's necessary and of course even if we move forward in a criminal justice system.
At any time the president if he decides could decide could say you know what this is a working out the way -- hoped.
We're gonna we're gonna dad's name that designated as enemy combatant -- and hopefully we get the information we -- that time so it sounds like you if he's got great information you would be amenable to making a deal with them saying okay rather than.
Charge you capital murder and you know trying to kill people with weapon of mass destruction let's make a deal.
Well I wouldn't take it off the tables what I'm standing that is certainly a possibility if in fact there's no other way to get the information.
That may be helpful for -- another attack.
No other way of getting information and they bring closure of the families and and -- the -- -- that's something that certainly on the table.
Okay but for instance if he doesn't cooperate you know we don't know what he's doing it we know -- right a notepad right now because he can't talk.
But if he does he give them anything that they really want death penalty.
But it appears based upon what we know that that this would certainly qualify.
For death penalty charged -- but again it's gonna depend on what evidence can be introduced by the prosecution.
That is all something's being evaluated now between prosecutors and investigators aren't.
Judge Alberto Gonzales he knows how things operating used to be the attorney general the United States and the George W.
Bush sir thank you very much for -- thing.
Thanks for having me it.
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