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Fmr. Attorney General: Trying Tsarnaev in federal court system 'makes sense'

Amid calls by some members of Congress to treat 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, the White House has been adamant about trying the alleged terrorist in the federal court system.

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discusses the debate on Starting Point this morning, saying that while people may presume that there may be more time to gather information if they designate Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, "it makes sense" to try him in the criminal justice system.

"Through the criminal process, you often have a situation where the suspect, in exchange for a more lenient sentence may be more cooperative in sharing information," Gonzales says. "So the information that we desperately seek in this particular case may be obtainable through the criminal justice system."

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