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Boston bombing judge becomes target over Miranda rights

A Harvard Medical School research assistant who has served as a U.S. judge for 23 years now finds herself at the center of the Boston Marathon bombing case, and by extension the post-Sept. 11 issue of whether, and when, suspected terrorists deserve constitutional rights.

“Courts are the last bastion of procedure and form in this country – she protects that civility and formality,” Robert Peabody, a former state and federal prosecutor in Boston who now practices at Collora in Boston, said in a phone interview.

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