That's a great question, let me think about that for a second.
I don't know. In some respects it's easier, there's information that can be gleaned from the computer that you otherwise wouldn't get. So, for example, if the press accounts are accurate about the brother who died had posted some things on a YouTube account, that may give a window into certain things that you might not have if he had read a book, took a book out of the library.
On the other hand, yeah, there's such a thing as too much information. I'm sure the FBI is going nuts with all the leads and the photos that are being sent into them and people putting things on Facebook.
At the end of the day, a lot of the important photographs will be introduced. A lot of them come from either people that have now self- identified themselves and they will testify that they took this picture, some of them will come from pole cameras and things like that, which will be authenticated by the owner of the store. At the end of the day, this evidence will come in. But what the prosecutor has to think about is not just what the evidence is, but how do we admit it into evidence? Get it to be legitimate evidence that the jury can hear, as opposed to what the newspaper chooses to print. Those are totally different things.
Michael Sullivan, another former U.S. attorney from the Massachusetts district (and current Senate candidate), has called for Tsarnaev's citizenship to be revoked. Could this happen? And what would happen if it did?
It would be very rare for something like that to happen before someone was convicted, number one. And number two, if he was convicted and received the kind of sentence that is likely to result in a conviction of terrorism, the government is not going to revoke his citizenship and deport him. They are going to make sure his sentence is carried out in the United States.
On what grounds could the government, in theory, revoke his citizenship?
I'm not an immigration expert. But there are situations. Because you have to disclose certain facts when you apply for citizenship and if you lie on that application, or if you fail to disclose some information, there are situations where you can have your citizenship revoked.
It strikes me, the defendant is going to care more about the penalty he's facing rather than if he's a U.S. citizen or not.
How does the terrorism charge change the way this case is prosecuted?
It changes it in the sense that there will be much more involvement from the the Department of Justice in Washington. Not only the terrorism section, but the deputy attorney general and the attorney general will be much more heavily involved in key decisions, strategy decisions. It also in a case like this — and all I know is what I read in the newspapers — it could well be that as the case gets under way, and as they learn more facts, there will be information that is gathered from intelligence agencies like the CIA. In one sense it's good to be sharing information. But sometimes it presents challenges in how that gets handled in court. There's a way to handle classified information. That can create complications.