On Monday, after the Boston Marathon bombing, there was debate about whether to call it an act of “terrorism.” To me, anything that kills or injures a large number of people and scares a lot of others qualifies for the description. But there’s also a legal definition, which is why I turned to Laura Beth Nielsen, Director of Legal Studies at Northwestern University, today on my America Weekend show. I asked her to explain what adding that label means, and how she feels about the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, not being given the Miranda warning before being questioned by law enforcement.

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