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Authorities move quickly to build marathon bombing case

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Obama has met with top national security officials to discuss the Boston Marathon investigation and the capture of the second suspect.

The White House says the president met with the National Security Council midday Saturday for a 90-minute meeting in the White House Situation Room. Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller and other officials briefed Obama on the investigation. Vice President Joe Biden joined by video conference.

The White House says the president emphasized the need to keep gathering intelligence to answer lingering questions about the terrorist attack.

Still unknown is what motivated the two brothers that authorities say were behind Monday's deadly bombing that killed three. Authorities are also looking into whether they had help from others in the U.S. or abroad.

Miriam Conrad, the federal defender for Massachusetts, says her office expects to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after he is charged.

Tsarnaev remained hospitalized Saturday after being wounded in a firefight with police Friday. His brother was killed.

Conrad says she believes Dzhokhar should have a lawyer appointed as soon as possible because there are "serious issues regarding possible interrogation."

U.S. officials said a special interrogation team for high-value suspects would question him without reading him his Miranda rights, under a public safety exception that exists to protect police and the public from immediate danger. Miranda rights include the right to remain silent and the right to have a lawyer.

The Obama administration has a range of legal options in the Boston Marathon bombings, and that could include seeking the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Several Republican lawmakers are criticizing the administration's approach because it would afford Tsarnaev more rights than he deserves.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it's concerned. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero says the exception applies only when there's a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule.

Twin explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday killed three people and wounded more than 180.

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