This courtroom sketch signed by artist Jane Flavell Collins shows defendants Dias Kadyrbayev, left, and Azamat Tazhayakov appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, May 1, 2013.The two college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and another man, were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
Why Lie to Investigators in Boston Bombing?
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Why would anyone lie to federal investigators in a case like the Boston Marathon bombing? Three men are charged with doing just that. A former FBI supervisor who's seen his share of Pinocchios in his time gives his thoughts.
John Culhane dealt with many people, honest, and not so honest, during his time as an FBI investigator. In this particular case, it may be a matter of the relationship between the three arrested Wednesday and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. "I guess they've lost their focus on the big picture and are more focused in on helping their friend get out of big trouble," says Culhane, now with HIlbert College's criminal justice department.
Culhane says the best way to help police as well as a friend in trouble is to cooperate. "I would do it, and we saw how the Boston community cooperated by letting police go into their homes" during the search for Tsarnaev. "Everyboyd seems to be on board on this one, but we do have a
small percentage and without knowning the whole story, it appears they just didn't know any better."
In general, lying to federal authorities is "terminally stupid" to Culhane. It's a felony punishable by five years in prison.