December 3, 2013

Feds ease prison restrictions on marathon bombing suspect

Several people will be allowed to disseminate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s communications to third parties for the purpose of preparing his defense.

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors have eased limitations on visits to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by his defense team.

This file photo by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings who is accused in two bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others near the finish line of the April 15 marathon.

AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File

In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors said the restrictions have been modified to allow several people to disseminate Tsarnaev’s communications to third parties for the purpose of preparing his defense. Those people include a paralegal, a mental health consultant and a mitigation specialist who will help the defense prepare arguments against the death penalty.

The mental health consultant and the mitigation specialist will be allowed to meet with Tsarnaev without a lawyer accompanying them.

Tsarnaev’s defense team had complained that the “special administrative measures” imposed on Tsarnaev impaired their ability to defend him.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 15 bombing, which killed three people and injured more than 260.

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