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Public Defenders Will Represent Bomb Suspect

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BOSTON (AP) - Federal public defenders have agreed to represent the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.
    
Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) after he is charged.
    
Tsarnaev remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed.
    
Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."
    
U.S. officials said a special interrogation team for high-value suspects would question him without reading him his Miranda rights, under a public safety exception that exists to protect police and the public from immediate danger. Miranda rights include the right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer.
    
The American Civil Liberties Union says the exception applies only when there's a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule.

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