Attorneys ask court to limit FBI control of their meetings with Tsarnaev - report
MOSCOW, May 6 (RAPSI) – Attorneys for the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said in a complaint filed with the court that the FBI has been “needlessly intrusive” in their meetings with the accused Boston Marathon bomber, The Boston Globe writes.
“Defense counsel are thus more convinced than ever of the need for a reasonable degree of privacy and confidentiality for this series of legal visits and request that the court so order,” the lawyers argued.
The defense lawyers said that prosecutors failed to heed the judge’s warnings that the monitoring should be only for proven public safety concerns. The prosecutors argue that there is no reason to believe that terrorists have lost interest in communicating with Tsarnaev.
The defense team called these concerns baseless.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
US prosecutors filed their notice of intent to pursue the death penalty against Tsarnaev on January 30, 2014. The government is seeking the death penalty for Tsarnaev, whose trial is to begin on November 3. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 criminal counts.