Boston Marathon Bombing

Rand Paul: Tsarnaev Should Be Tried in Civilian Courts

The libertarian senator says the Constitution and the legal system are tough enough to handle hard cases


Sen. Rand Paul on Monday made clear that in his view, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings should be tried through normal means, rather than as an enemy combatant.

"You know, I want to congratulate law enforcement for getting and capturing these terrorists, first of all, but what we do with them, I think we can still preserve the Bill of Rights, I see no reason why our Constitution is not strong enough to convict this young man with a jury trial, with the Bill of Rights," Paul (R-Ky.) said on "Cavuto" on Fox Business Network. "We do it to horrible people all of the time: Rapists and murderers, they get lawyers, they get trials with juries. We seem to do a pretty good job of justice. So I think we can do it with our court system."