White House: Tsarnaev to Be Tried in Federal Court

April 22, 2013 - 1:31 PM

Boston Marathon Lives Saved

FILE - In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 file photo provided by the Hern family, first lady Michelle Obama, right, visits with Aaron Hern, lower left, his parents Alan and Katherine, and sister Abby, all of Martinez, Calif., at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The 11-year-old boy was one of more than 180 people injured in Monday's explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.(AP Photo/Hern Family, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing will not be tried as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be prosecuted in the federal court system.

He says President Barack Obama's entire national security team supports the decision.

Tsarnaev is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Carney says that under U.S. law U.S. citizens cannot be tried in military commissions. Carney says that since Sept. 11, 2001, the federal court system has been used to convict and incarcerate hundreds of terrorists.

Tsarnaev, 19, and his older brother and suspected co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were born in southern Russia.