White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “suspect No. 2″ in the Boston Marathon bombings, “will not be treated as an enemy combatant.”
In others words, the Obama administration is planning on trying the 19-year-old Tsarnaev in federal civilian court. Tsarnaev obtained U.S. citizenship on Sept. 11 last year.
Some Republicans had insisted that Tsarnaev be labeled a so-called enemy combatant, opening up the possibility of a military tribunal rather than a civilian trial for the terror suspect.
Tsarnaev, who was apprehended by police after a daylong manhunt on Friday, is still being monitored by authorities at a Boston-area hospital.