May 3, 2013, - 7:17 pm

GUILTY: Did Feds Give Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva Kastigar Immunity From Prosecution? Terrorist’s Skank Still “Negotiating” w Feds

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

From Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal:

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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33 Responses

Debbie, you are the expert on this matter. I am not saying this is the case here, but don’t attorney’s sometimes have their clients clam-up especially if it appears a case is being put together against an innocent person?

I will bet she is an accomplice after the fact, if nothing more.

Visteo on May 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

More lawyer questions…

What obligation would a wife have to report a husband if she knew he was making bombs without knowledge of their intended use?

When a wife realizes a husband is being sought by law enforcement, what is her legal obligation?

Visteo on May 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

I wish she would ditch the head scarf. She’s either a traitor or she’s afraid of Muslims killing her and her family. I don’t want to believe she is a traitor.

Rick on May 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

If her husband was Tea Party, or a tax protester, or a man who abhorred the decimation of the Constitution …

… she’d be under the jail by now kissing a cattle prod.

Jack on May 4, 2013 at 11:39 am

Off topic, I know, but I heard a great suggestion on a talk radio show the other day, that when they close Quantanamo, they re locate it to the Aluetian Islands in Alaska. People there want to sell the property to the government for that purpose. I am sure our “guests” will love the lovely winters there.

RT on May 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

How much you wanna bet that this broad only does about 2 years or no time at all when this is over. And, she will be in some kind of witness protection program. All on our dime. I think muslims, like Cair should have to foot the bill for all of it, including burying that dead turd terrorist that nobody wants to bury. You know you are lower than a turd when nobody even wants to bury you.

RT on May 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

“he was making bombs without knowledge of their intended use?”

How many possible civilian uses can bombs have Visteo?

Frankz on May 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm


    I have a vague recollection of a rumour about a high school classmate that in the 1970’s made and detonated a pipe bomb. It probably was teenage curiosity and tom-foolery. Personally, then and now, I would fear blowing myself up.

    Although illegal, I think many people make homemade bombs without ill intent.

    Visteo on May 4, 2013 at 3:32 pm


      Worry01 on May 5, 2013 at 4:26 am

        Worry, don’t forget Visteo is a stealth Libtard here. We have quite a few. Sometimes peeps forget but I never do.

        This column just proves the people in this reverted Moooooslima’s family were correct when they were upset she decided to go so low as to fraternize and marry a Moooooslim Jihadi. It caused a deep chasm in the family and look who came out smelling like a rose.

        And boy, have they ever been proven correct.

        Skunky on May 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

          Thank you Skunky. Katherine Russell allowed herself to become nothing more than a breeder for her parasitic jihadi husband Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Ms. Russell was not some impoverished peasant in Bangladesh that was forced into an arranged marriage. She literally threw away all of the advantages that she had in order to marry a loafing loser who would only get off his ass if it involved harming someone. Katherine Russell enabled a murderer. Her parents, if they were actually decent people, would have cut off all support to their daughter until she dumped her thuggish husband.

          Worry01 on May 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

With all of this “negotiating” going on, I wonder if her lawyer is also negotiating with publishers in New York and movie people in Hollywood for the rights to her “story.” Just waiting for “The Terrorist’s Bride” to hit bookstores and theaters near you.

It’s unbelievable that law enforcement people have to “negotiate” with an “innocent” witness in a case like this. If my husband or son was accused of a terrorist act, I would cooperate with the cops like there’s no tomorrow – unless I absolutely knew they were innocent – which is not the case here.

Of course, there are some in the more leftist circles I come into contact with who are convinced that these brothers did NOT commit this act and that the cops just jumped on the first Muslims they found and tried to kill both of them so they could say, “Look, we solved this. Now move along.” So maybe the wife (and her lawyer) believe that the cops are just trying to pin this on her. I think that’s crap, but I did hear this expressed at a dinner party this week.

DG in GA on May 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

The other reason this slag will keep her mouth shut is because she’s in deeper that any mafia stool pigeon. What immunity could they possibly offer her?

Frankz on May 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Really, so she did have a priori knowledge of the attack or the bomb making and maybe, if the FEDS see fit, any accomplices foreign or domestic. hmmm. We shall see.

jake49 on May 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm

We are not playing children’s game’s now.

Frankz on May 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Good info about the way things work behind the scenes. I suspected as much with this rag lover.
I also appreciate your using the picture you use instead of the one where he is smiling and looking directly into the camera like a baseball card or something. If nothing else it shows him in a more realistic light as the low down piece of s–t he really is. Slightly blurry saves us all from looking at the full on ugly face of a twisted psyco.

samurai on May 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

So in the 50s kids made model airplanes & in the 70s homemade bombs?

And the 5th amendment? If a person is guilty, why shouldn’t he incriminate himself? Don’t we want guilty people to go to jail?

Little Al on May 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Debbie she’s guilty but in a way I feel sorry for her. If she had a smaller bottom she could have married the Aga Kahn and been a high class terrorist with better lawyers.

A1 on May 5, 2013 at 12:25 am

How is she still walking the streets? She was part of a terriost attack that murdered 4 people ,including a beautiful 8 year old.There treating it like a shop lifting investigation.

What kind of people would stand by there daughter after she did this? How do you take the Hypocratical oath and shield a murderer in your home and shield potential evidence from the authoriotues?How do you not invite the FBI in right away to go through any potential evidence?

Did she murder the type of white people that the Russell family abhors ? So it is OK in there book?2 of the murdered victems were known Christians.The 8 year old and the Chinese student both were known to be involved with Church .Does the rehteric about gay marriage these last few years make there murder acceptable in there circle?

Gordz on May 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

Katherine Russell should spend some quality time in prison. I would also like to know how much financial assistance her parents forked over to Tamerlan since 2010? At 26, Tamerlan Tsarnaev had apparently never held a legitimate job in his life. Even so, he had the means to support a substantial lifestyle and his extracurricular activities. I doubt that Katherine “The Breeder” Russell was earning enough to support her daughter, much less a parasitic husband.

Worry01 on May 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

She is very guilty and would have known what was planned for Boston. She did not expect that the two jerks would be so stupid as to get identified and caught so fast thus revealing more confirming evidence. Thus others associated with the brother’s crime end up in legal hot spots too. I’d say the moment Katherine’s parents recognized the suspects of the bombing she was hustled over and lawyer-ed up pronto. The parents know how far their daughter had strayed to be taking that approach and understandably feel that their grandchild doesn’t deserve the punishment consequences erring parents bring upon their little innocent lives. Katherine is being kept away from investigators as she has strayed too far down the terrorist alley not to end up recognized as a supporter, even facilitator of the husbands actions. She’d come across no different than her mother in law without the option of being able to pretend disbelief.

brigitte on May 5, 2013 at 5:55 am

If they wanted to proctect there grandchild they would seek an emergency custody order and sheild her from their daughter.They are just contuuinly overindulging there daughter.

There first public statement was filled with contempt towards the people wanting answers from their daughter.OUR DAUGHTER LOST HER HUSBAND AND OUR GRANDAUGHTER LOST HER FATHER.As for his bombing victems were any of them FATHERS and HUSBANDS, then big deal.No major loss.

You would think he was a heroic causualty of war by there announcement.It scares me how many people take the approach that there kid can do anything to anybody they want and as parents they will fight to protect them from any of the consequences.Murder,Maming and Treason .

It’s not like an accident ,a moment of passion are a little transgression.It’s Murder,Maiming and Treason

Gordz on May 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

“Radical Islamic materials and an al Qaeda magazine were found on the computer of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s widow — and there was explosive residue throughout their house, it was revealed yesterday.

The files found on Katherine Russell’s hard drive are part of an investigation into whether the woman — who claimed to be in the dark on her husband’s terrorist activities — was aware of his plan to set off the two bombs, The Washington Post reported.”

“The explosive residue was found on the kitchen sink and table and in the bathtub at their home in Cambridge, Mass., a source told CNN.”

Frankz on May 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm

The al Qaeda magazine is probably ‘Inspire’ as in isn’t IED assembly an inspiring personal accomplishment.

Frankz on May 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

She’ll get off. Jonathan Pollard rots in jail for almost 30 years for providing information to Israel to bomb Iraq’s nuclear bomb factory, and many of these Islamic terrorists and Chinese spies get minimal sentences, if they are even tried at all.

Jonathan E. Grant on May 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

If it had been white Tea party activists that had done the bombing can anybody imagine for one second that the wives of the bombers would not be in custody within hours of the identities of the bombers being revealed?
Yet this little honey wasn’t even talked to the Feds yet.
Obama would personally order the FBI to arrest her if her bombing husband had been a white Christian.

Some criminals are more equal than others.

Steve G. on May 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

It’s obvious we need to pass a law to allow water-boarding of citizens when the government thinks they know more. They won’t even propose the legislation, knowing what the courts would do with it. It is just shameful what a wimpy country we have become.

Visteo on May 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

She’ll probably get off, move to Dubai, and become an Islamic celebrity.

Adam on May 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm

True dat,
but instead of stigmatizing wimps with the term ‘wimpy’
why don’t we use the term ‘dhimmi’?

It’s non offensive to our Muslim friends and lets be honest the so called ‘wimpy’ whining about civil liberties and free speech shuts down the moment it comes to protecting Islam from ‘Islamaphobia’ so it’s more accurate as well.

Frankz on May 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Her parents paid for the bombs. Start questioning them downtown.

Fabulous But Incognito on May 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm

One of the big failings of my generation (1945-present, baby boomers,X,Y and whatever) is that if one of their kids does something foul, it’s everybody elses fault. Everybody’s picking on little Johnny or little Muhammad. I’m kind of an oddball. If one of mine did some shit like this, I would call the police right away and make sure the little bastard stayed put until the cops came to pick him or her up. And, I would testify against the turd in court. Do something anything approaching that foul and you ain’t one of mine any more.

RT on May 6, 2013 at 12:47 am

Maybe Katherine will become a professor of law like Bernardine Dohrn. The Communists and the Jihadists share a common hatred for America – at least the America originally conceived by our forefathers.

A special thanks to Debbie Schlussel for warning us about the Islamic menace. These immigrants are not coming to America to seek a better life. They are coming here as colonists.

Pete on May 6, 2013 at 8:51 am

Terrorist skank?

Dang, I thought she was just another brain-dead white woman supporting a minority fashion accoutrement.

Pray Hard on May 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

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