Revisiting the Public Safety Exception to Miranda for Suspected Terrorists: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon

Lonky, Hannah | January 1, 2017

This Comment examines the application of the public safety exception to Miranda to cases of domestic terrorism, looking particularly at the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. By comparing the Department of Justice’s War on Terror policies to the Warren Court’s rationale for Miranda, this Comment argues that courts should require law enforcement officers to have reasonable knowledge of an immediate threat to public safety before they may properly invoke the Quarles public safety exception.