The U.S. judicial system should remain intact as the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moves forward.
It should give all Americans satisfaction to know that the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing was identified, tracked down and captured Friday thanks to law enforcement efforts led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but with ample help from Boston’s own police force.
The next step must be for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be tried before a jury in federal court.
President Obama on Monday rightly resisted rash calls for Tsarnaev to be treated as an enemy combatant or even hauled off to the Guantánamo Bay detention camp.
Due process is not an inconsequential element of the U.S. judicial system. It lies at the core of our society’s values, values generating such antipathy that evildoers last week murdered innocent women and a young child and injured many more in soulless violence. We must respond by reaffirming our core beliefs, not disposing of them in a boiling rage. . . .