Tsarnaev gets new death penalty lawyer

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev. (Credit: FBI/Reuters)
Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev has some new representation. Credit: FBI/Reuters

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has added an expert on the death penalty to his defense team.

U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. allowed the appointment of David A. Bruck, who has extensive experience fighting death penalty cases, because “the defendant has made a satisfactory showing that the appointment of Mr. Buck is ‘necessary for adequate representation,’” according to his order, the Boston Herald reported.

Representatives for Tsarnaev have complained of “FBI monitoring” and efforts by prison staff to screen certain defense materials, the Russian Legal Information Agency said on Thursday. They filed a motion on Thursday that states the remaining SAMs (Special Administrative Measures) continue to create difficulties as they attempt to work.

“The defense is encountering obstacles related to FBI monitoring [redacted] and [Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)] screening of materials that defense counsel need to review with the defendant,” the statement reads. “These obstacles thwart preparation of imported parts of the defense case in mitigation and also threaten the integrity of attorney work product.”

On Jan. 30, the announcement came that prosecutors would seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev.

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