May 3, 2013, - 7:17 pm
GUILTY: Did Feds Give Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva Kastigar Immunity From Prosecution? Terrorist’s Skank Still “Negotiating” w Feds
The behavior of Katherine Russell/Karima Tsarnaeva, the widow of Islamic terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev, looks more and more like that of a guilty criminal, a co-conspirator who knew about the Boston Marathon terrorist attacks before they happened. As many of you know, part of my law practice as an attorney involves criminal defense. And the machinations of Russell Tsarnaeva and her lawyer are not those of an innocent person. It looks like they are seeking–and may have already partially gotten–immunity from prosecution, known as a “Kastigar letter.”
Earlier in the week, I told you that Russell Tsarnaeva, in whose home the Boston Marathon bombs were made, still wouldn’t talk to the FBI and other federal investigators about her husband’s terrorist activities and what she knew about the Boston Marathon bombings. As I noted, the feds were seeking a subpoena just to get her DNA, which they obtained and which we’ve learned does not match the female DNA found on one of the bombs. But it appears that Russell Tsarnaeva still isn’t talking to the feds and isn’t cooperating, despite the statements of her attorney to the press.
As a criminal defense attorney, if I was representing an innocent bystander, we’d have talked to the feds completely by now. We wouldn’t need immunity from prosecution for what my client told federal investigators. That immunity from prosecution prevents a party from asserting his/her Fifth Amendment rights to decline to answer and is usually spelled out in a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office. The letter is known as a “Kastigar letter,” based on the case, USA v. Kastigar. I’ve represented clients who were innocent, who talked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and testified before Federal Grand Juries. And when they’re innocent, they talk. They don’t need to spend weeks, as Russell Tsarnaeva’s attorney has, “negotiating” with the feds. The only negotiations are done when the represented party is guilty and needs a Kastigar letter. That’s clearly what’s going on here. And if the feds give her one of those letters, that means they won’t use anything she tells them in order to prosecute her. If she is or has already been granted a Kastigar letter, it would be a travesty of justice and a slap in the face to nearly 300 innocent civilians that her husband murdered or maimed.
Her lawyer has said she is “doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.” One official familiar with the case said agents went to the house Monday to collect a DNA sample from Ms. Russell, the culmination of days of negotiations. FBI officials also have been negotiating with Ms. Russell’s attorney in recent days to gain fuller access to question her, the officials familiar with the case said. The officials said the DNA request was needed to determine whether it matched the DNA found on the bomb remnants.
Ms. Russell is one of as many as a half-dozen people in whom investigators are interested as they seek to determine if the brothers had any help in the bomb attack or the days afterward, the officials said. Ms. Russell’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the latest developments.
And this appeared in Thursday’s USA Today and other Gannett newspapers:
The content of the phone conversation between Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife, Katherine Russell, has not been disclosed, but authorities want to discuss it with her, the law enforcement official said. The official said investigators are seeking Russell’s cooperation in learning more about Tsarnaev’s activities and communications leading up to the attacks. . . . Russell’s attorney, Amato DeLuca, said in a written statement Wednesday that his client “will continue to meet with law enforcement, as she has done for many hours over the past week, and provide as much assistance to the investigation as she can.”
PUH-LEEZE. She is NOT cooperating. This is why the feds are constantly saying so to the media in these leaks. She hasn’t given the feds answers to their questions, and the feds are clearly indicating that her lawyer’s claim that she is “provid[ing] as much assistance to the investigation as she can” is bogus. It appears like pulling teeth to get any meaningful information out of this chick. Why is it taking so long? Why is it this hard? Answer: because she’s guilty and her lawyer is seeking total immunity from prosecution which the feds don’t want to give her. Like I said, this is the behavior of a guilty party, not an innocent bystander.
And since there have been conflicting reports about whether or not the Islamic convert widow of the terrorist has spoken with the FBI, we have to wonder if the feds have already given her at least partial immunity, pursuant to Kastigar. Some media reports say the FBI is seeking to ask her more questions. Others say she hasn’t yet spoken to the feds, now nearly three weeks after the Islamic terrorist attack.
Not the behavior of an innocent wife who didn’t know what was going on. Not even close.
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