Saturday April 20, 2013

By MARK SHERMAN

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has a range of legal options in the Boston Marathon bombings, and that could include seeking the death penalty against the 19-year-old suspect in the case.

The administration has indicated it intends to move quickly to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAR'tsahr-NEYE'-ehv).

But investigators plan to first question him without informing him of his legal rights to remain silent and have an attorney present.

Several Republican lawmakers are criticizing the administration's approach because it would afford Tsarnaev more rights than he deserves.

The federal public defender for Massachusetts called for the quick appointment of a lawyer to represent Tsarnaev because of serious issues involving his interrogation in the absence of a lawyer.