Chicago partner Dan Collins was quoted in an article entitled, "Boston Bomb Probe will be 'Fast-Moving and Intense,’" in the National Law Journal.
The investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings is currently being investigated as an act of terrorism. In Boston, a multi-agency operation is in motion including the FBI, Boston U.S. Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The Justice Department and FBI are working around the clock to ascertain who was responsible for the bombing that killed three and injured at least 176 individuals.
Dan said, "I would bet the manpower associated with this investigation is incredible — and rightfully so." Prosecutors have access to tools such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which streamlines the process for obtaining court approvals for searches and other information.
"The tool drawer is open on a case like this," Dan said. "They're to use anything they possibly can to garner as much information as possible about who might be involved."
Another hot issue in terrorism cases is whether law enforcement authorities must read a suspect his Miranda warning upon arrest, Dan said. The “public safety” exception allows limited questioning without Miranda warnings where the questions are designed to neutralize any imminent danger.
Dan Collins was a former prosecutor for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. During that time he served as the lead prosecutor in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. Dan joined Drinker Biddle in February 2013 as a partner in the Chicago office.