All Americans entitled to their day in court

All of us were gripped into the tragedy of the Boston Marathon massacre. Our hearts were broken at the loss of lives and how so many lives were changed in an instant. We all cheered at the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the brilliant capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. And we all breathed a sigh of relief for Boston.

Yet, we cannot respond as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham would like us to ("A case for civilian court," April 23). We cannot twist the law to fit our anger and grief. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is an American citizen. That carries with it a guarantee of the right of due process. We do not have vigilante law. We have a system, and being a citizen entitles us to that system. Who can forget the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II?

I am very angry at these men and their like who want to destroy our way of life. But it is that very way of life we need to protect. These are our rights as citizens. That is why it is called America.

Dovey Kahn, Pikesville

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