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Boston bomb suspect called 'lucid,' but how much does he know?

A US judge read Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his rights at a hospital bedside hearing, finding him 'mentally competent.' The Boston bombing suspect reportedly called his brother the attack's mastermind.

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Boston Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar (back) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are revealed in this photo during an FBI news conference in Boston last Thursday.

Courtesy of Reuters

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The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is described as alert and “mentally competent,” but he also now has a lawyer.

As of Monday, when a US judge visited Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital room, Mr. Tsarnaev has been notified of his legal right to remain silent and has accepted the offer of legal counsel from a public defender.

It’s not clear how much information the bombing suspect will provide to federal investigators from here on. One reason for being forthcoming, legal analysts say, would be to reduce the risk of a death sentence for the charges outlined by the Justice Department Monday.

 
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