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Boston Bombing Suspect Has Initial Appearance Before Judge

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  Original Published: 4/23/2013 The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had his first appearance before a judge Monday, and has been charged.   No cameras were allowed in the room, but a transcript of the hearing has been released.   Ed Payne has the details.   Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, seriously wounded and heavily sedated, appeared before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in his room at Beth Israel Deadoness Hospital.   Despite his condition, he answered questons by nodding his head.   The Court: If at any time I say something you do not understan, interrupt me and say so, is that clear?   Defendant: (Nods affirmative)   The 19-year-old is charged with using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.   He is also charged with one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device resulting in death.   According to the transcript, the only time he spoke during the hearing was when the judge asked if he could afford a lawyer.   The Court: Can you afford a lawyer?   Defendant: No.   The Court: Let the record reflect that I believe the defendent has said, "No."   A public defender was appointed to represent Tsarnaev.   Before calling a recess, the judge cound Tsarnaev aware and coherent of what was going on.   The Court: At this time, at the conclusion of the initial appearance, I find that the defendent is alert,mentally competent and lucid. He is aware of of the nature of the proceedings.   The judge presiding over the hearing has scheduled a probable cause hearing for May 30.
   
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