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« Reply #280 on: February 12, 2014, 01:27:17 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/02/12/judge-sets-november-trial-date-for-boston-marathon-bombing-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaev/nWNY83zjOWPXHvE0PbOvSL/story.html
Marathon bomber, slated to face trial in November
February 12, 2014


A federal judge in Boston today set a November trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man charged in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that shook the nation last year, raising again the specter of terrorism on American soil.

US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole slated the trial for Nov. 3, much sooner than the earliest date suggested by defense attorneys in the high-profile death penalty case.

Judge O’Toole said the government’s request for a trial this fall was more reasonable than the defense’s. The defense had asked for a trial in September 2015, at the earliest.

After the hearing was over, bombing survivor Marc Fucarile, said, “I think it should be sooner. Why not? Everybody should be on the same page. It’s pretty cut and dry with the evidence. Don’t waste anybody’s time.”

O’Toole set another hearing in the case for June 18. The two sides are expected to discuss that day whether the defense wants a change of venue.
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« Reply #281 on: February 28, 2014, 10:04:37 PM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/fbi-overhears-boston-marathon-suspect-detrimental-statement-article-1.1706971
Boston bomber suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, makes detrimental statement: FBI
Federal prosecutors say an FBI agent overheard Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, make a 'statement to his detriment' when his sister visited him in prison.

February 28, 2014

Now he’s shooting off his mouth.

An FBI agent overheard Boston marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make a “statement to his detriment” when his sister visited him in prison, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Prosecutors did not reveal what Tsarnaev said, but they objected to what they called an attempt by Tsarnaev’s lawyers to suppress the statement.
Tsarnaev made the remark when an investigator working for his lawyers accompanied his sister on a visit, a meeting that an FBI agent monitored, prosecutors said.

The investigator started to explain to Tsarnaev’s sister the rationale behind special restrictions placed on her brother in prison, prosecutors said. They say Tsarnaev, “despite the presence of an FBI agent and an employee of the Federal Public Defender, was unable to temper his remarks and made a statement to his detriment which was overheard by the agent.”

The government described the conversation in a memo outlining its opposition to a request from Tsarnaev’s lawyers to lift the prison restrictions.

Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty in a terror attack at last year’s marathon. Two pressure cooker bombs were placed near the finish line, killing three people, one an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev.

Authorities argued the FBI agent’s presence was allowed by the restrictions because Tsarnaev is forbidden from providing information to people outside the prison.

But Tsarnaev’s lawyers say the measures limit his interactions with people helping his defense team and have asked the judge to lift them. The attorneys say the presence of the FBI agent during prison visits by Tsarnaev’s two sisters “has thwarted the defense ability to develop important mitigation information.”

They note courts have recognized the kind of information the defense wants to develop as admissible mitigation evidence, including documenting “family dysfunction, mental illness and the impact of family chaos on the defendant as he grew up.”

Prosecutors call the restrictions necessary in Tsarnaev’s case because of his “commitment to jihad” and his “widespread notoriety.”

“There was no expectation of privacy on the part of Tsarnaev, his visitors or the investigator,” they said.

 
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« Reply #282 on: February 28, 2014, 10:06:23 PM »

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/boston-bombing-suspect-seeks-to-have-some-charges-dismissed-1.1709368
Boston bombing suspect seeks to have some charges dismissed
February 28, 2014

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« Reply #283 on: March 17, 2014, 01:57:05 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/national/250638981.html
Feds: Limit marathon suspect's view of gory photos
March 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to limit Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) access to gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the attack.
In court documents filed Monday, prosecutors say Tsarnaev should not be allowed to see autopsy photos that will not be used at his trial. They say allowing the man accused of killing them to see photos of their mutilated bodies "would violate the victims' rights to dignity and privacy and subject them to needless harm and suffering."
Prosecutors say they don't want to restrict Tsarnaev's lawyers from seeing any photo. But they do want Tsarnaev to be allowed to see only the autopsy photos that will be used at trial.
 
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« Reply #284 on: March 21, 2014, 05:07:08 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/officials-fbi-agent-cleared-florida-shooting-23011450
Officials: FBI Agent Cleared in Florida Shooting
March 21, 2014

A Florida prosecutor has cleared an FBI agent of any criminal wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Chechen man as he was being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation said Friday.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity Friday because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the case, said State Attorney Jeff Ashton won't bring charges against the agent who shot Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter.

The circumstances surrounding Todashev's death have remained mysterious: Officials initially said the man had lunged at an agent with a knife while FBI agents and Massachusetts state troopers were questioning him about his friendship with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Later, they said it was no longer clear what happened.

Todashev's father, Abdul-Baki Todashev, insisted during a May news conference that his son was unarmed and has maintained his son's innocence. He presented photographs, which The Associated Press could not authenticate, showing his son was shot six times in the torso and once in the back of the head.

The Washington Post first reported the prosecutor's decision. Ashton's office said in an emailed statement that he has not made a final decision regarding the investigation into Todashev's death and denied sharing any such decision with federal officials.

The Justice Department also has been investigating but has not yet released its findings. A third law enforcement official said the Justice Department is expected to reach the same conclusion, based on a recommendation from the FBI.

Federal prosecutors have said in court filings that Todashev named Tsarnaev as a participant in an earlier triple homicide in Massachusetts. The filings were made in the case against Tsarnaev's brother, surviving bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

According to the filings, Todashev told investigators Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in a triple slaying in Waltham on Sept. 11, 2011.

In that case, three men were found in an apartment with their necks slit and their bodies reportedly covered with marijuana. One of the victims was a boxer and friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The filing was prosecutors' attempt to block Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from getting certain information from authorities, including investigative documents associated with the Waltham slayings.

Authorities allege that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens from Russia, planned and carried out the twin bombings near the finish of the marathon on April 15. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction and 16 other charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a gunbattle with police as authorities closed in on the brothers several days after the bombings.

 
The executive director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida, which has been working with Todashev's family and conducting its own investigation, said he wants to see the details of Ashton's report. Hassan Shibly pointed out that Todashev's live-in girlfriend and others connected to the case have been deported since the shooting.

"The DOJ's and the State Attorney's investigations relied on evidence gathered by the FBI, and the only person who can contradict first-hand their narrative is dead," Shibly said.
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« Reply #285 on: March 24, 2014, 09:45:48 PM »

http://www.kvue.com/news/252079591.html
Man who lost his legs in Boston bombing is engaged
March 24, 2013

CARLISLE, Mass. (AP) — A man who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombings, then helped authorities identify the suspects, is engaged and an expectant father.

Jeff Bauman, 28, and his fiancee, Erin Hurley, 27, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that the baby is due July 14. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl, and they want it to be a surprise.
 
An AP photo of a badly injured Bauman being rushed away in a wheelchair by three rescuers became one of the most memorable images of the April 15, bombings, which killed three people.

He was standing near the finish line waiting to cheer on Hurley as she completed the marathon when the two bombs exploded. Bauman became a hero after he provided a description of one of the suspected bombers from his hospital bed.

Bauman's memoir on his experiences, called "Stronger," is out April 8, one week before the anniversary of the bombings.
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« Reply #286 on: March 28, 2014, 09:14:30 PM »

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lawyers-say-fbi-wanted-marathon-suspect-informant-n66631
Lawyers Say FBI Wanted Marathon Suspect as Informant
March 28, 2014

awyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting one of the bombs at last year's Boston Marathon, said Friday that repeated contacts by the FBI were among "precipitating events" leading up to the bombings.

In court documents filed Friday, defense lawyers asked the judge overseeing the case for an order requiring the government to turn over all records of the FBI's contacts with Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan. He was interviewed by FBI agents in response to a concerns expressed by the Russian government that he might become radicalized.

"We seek this information based on our belief that these contacts were among the precipitating events for Tamerlan's actions during the week" of the bombings, the lawyers aid.

They wrote that the Tsarnaev family and "other sources" have said that the FBI made more than one visit to talk to Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his parents, during which agents "questioned Tamerlan about his internet searches, and asked him to be an informant, reporting on the Chechen and Muslim community."

The court filing quotes prosecutors as saying they have no evidence that the older Tsarnaev was asked to be an informant.

Nonetheless, the defense lawyers say they believe that Tamerlan misinterpreted the visits by the FBI as pressure, increasing his paranoia and distress.

"We do not suggest that these contracts are to be planed and have no evidence to suggest that they were improper," the lawyers say.

The FBI's interview took place in 2011.

The court document makes clear that his lawyers will stress the age difference between the younger Tsarnaev and his older brother, who were 19 and 26 at the time of the bombing. The lawyers say they will resist any attempt to persuade the jury "that the brothers were equally culpable, despite the marked differences in their ages, personalities, and levels of prior involvement in violent activity."
 
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« Reply #287 on: March 29, 2014, 08:31:39 PM »

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/dzhokhar-tsarnaevs-defense-plans-pin-blame-older-b/nfNmL/
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense plans to pin blame on older brother
March 29, 2014

New court documents filed this week by lawyers of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev show how the defense plans to place the blame on older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

"His defense team has documents that show [Dzhokhar] Tsarnaev as a submissive 19-year-old who was coerced by his older brother, Tamerlan." (Via WHDH)

"They say that the suspect's brother, Tamerlan, may have been, 'An all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.'" (Via HLN)

According to ABC, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers are also looking to get an unredacted version of a U.S. government report that details the shooting death of Ibrahim Todashev, an associate of Tamerlan Tsarnaev 's.

Before Todashev was killed by law enforcement last year, the FBI says he confessed to being involved in a 2011 triple-murder in Massachusetts and added Tamerlan Tsarnaev had something to do with it. (Via Orange County Corrections Department)

ABC also said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense plans to show that the accused Boston bomber saw Tamerlan — who was killed in a shootout with police — as "all-powerful" partly because of his involvement in that unsolved triple-murder. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers also claim the FBI, at one point, tried to recruit Tamerlan as an informant.
 
"The defense says agents approached the accused older brother and asked him to give information about Boston's Muslim and Chechen communities. The government denies that." (Via CNN)

Lawyers suggest Tamerlan might've become paranoid and stressed out before the Boston Marathon attack because of the FBI's alleged request. (Via WBZ-TV)

 
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« Reply #288 on: April 15, 2014, 06:48:42 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2014/04/15/boston-tribute-marathon-joe-biden-survivors/7744367/
Boston honors marathon survivors, first responders
April 15, 2014
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« Reply #289 on: April 15, 2014, 07:40:09 PM »

Breaking: Marathon Finish Line Evacuated After Suspicious Packages Discovered
April 15, 2014. 7:15PM

Update, 7:40 p.m.
: Bomb squad is on the scene:
David Meyers @davidfmeyers
The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line.


http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/04/15/breaking-marathon-finish-line-evacuated-after-suspicious-packages-discovered/DTSiAn2NlNQe3honPF97uO/story.html?p1=ClickedOnBreakingNewsBox


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« Reply #290 on: April 15, 2014, 07:44:01 PM »

Breaking: Marathon Finish Line Evacuated After Suspicious Packages Discovered
April 15, 2014. 7:15PM

Update, 7:40 p.m.
: Bomb squad is on the scene:
David Meyers @davidfmeyers
The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line.


http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/04/15/breaking-marathon-finish-line-evacuated-after-suspicious-packages-discovered/DTSiAn2NlNQe3honPF97uO/story.html?p1=ClickedOnBreakingNewsBox




I hope this is just a backpack that was misplaced. 
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« Reply #291 on: April 15, 2014, 07:45:03 PM »

April 15, 2014 Tweets
https://twitter.com/bostonpolice

Boston Police Dept. ‏@bostonpolice  13m
#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: #BPD Bomb Squad still on scene in the area of Marathon Finish Line investigating call for 2 unattended backpacks.

 Boston Police Dept. ‏@bostonpolice  16m
#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: Boylston St has been closed & MBTA Green Line service temporarily suspended. Community members asked to avoid area.

 Boston Police Dept. ‏@bostonpolice  21m
Public Safety Alert: #BPD asking pedestrians & motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line.

 Boston Police Dept. ‏@bostonpolice  22m
Public Safety Alert: #BPD investigating 2 unattended backpacks found in the area of Boston Marathon Finish Line.
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« Reply #292 on: April 15, 2014, 07:47:34 PM »

April 15, 2014 Tweets
https://twitter.com/davidfmeyers

David Meyers ‏@davidfmeyers  5m
Even though the finish line & backpacks are 50-75 yards away from the media positions for @ABC and others, no one has been asked to move.

 David Meyers ‏@davidfmeyers  7m
After about 5 mins down Boylston and near the finish line, the Boston PS bomb technician has returned to his mobile command.

 David Meyers ‏@davidfmeyers  13m
The Boston PD bomb technician is now headed west on Boylston towards the finish line and the suspicious backpacks.

 David Meyers ‏@davidfmeyers  20m
The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line. pic.twitter.com/uCeZfpT7eQ

David Meyers ‏@davidfmeyers  41m
The Boston PD has closed off Boylston past the Marathon finish line. Plain clothes officers are turing people away. pic.twitter.com/ZDwYhr65nK
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April 15, 2014 Tweets
https://twitter.com/bostonpolice

Boston Police Dept. ‏@bostonpolice  3m
#BPDMediaAdvisory: For officer safety - media outlets are discouraged from showing any live video of backpacks found near Finish Line.
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« Reply #294 on: April 15, 2014, 07:52:31 PM »

 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boston-marathon-finish-line-evacuated-masked-man-dumps-backpack-reports-article-1.1757577
Boston Marathon finish line evacuated after masked man yelling ‘Boston Strong’ dumps backpack
Barefoot and wearing a black veil, the man dropped a large backpack shortly before being apprehended by police. The area is on high alert as commemorations for the victims of last year's bombing are underway Tuesday.
April 15, 2014

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« Reply #295 on: April 15, 2014, 07:56:16 PM »

April 15, 2014 Tweets
https://twitter.com/cbsboston

WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston  3m
Bomb Squad robot inspecting bag left near Boston Marathon finish line http://shrd.by/VNQs1w
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 WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston  44m
.@HagerWBZ Reports Man Was Wearing Black Veil And Yelling 'Boston Strong' Before Leaving Backpack http://shrd.by/VNQs1w
 
 WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston  47m
Watch WBZ-TV Live: Boylston Street Evacuated After Bags Left Unattended http://shrd.by/7Ajjzn
 
 WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston  48m
Update: Two Unattended Backpacks Left At Finish Line Of Boston Marathon- Area Evacuated @BreakingNews http://shrd.by/VNQs1w

 WBZ Boston News ‏@cbsboston  1h
Breaking: Area near Boston Marathon Finish Line evacuated after backpack left unattended http://cbsloc.al/1hGXyIT  pic.twitter.com/M6sfh62FYK
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« Reply #296 on: April 15, 2014, 07:57:34 PM »

Wow, Samantha!  This seems to just be hitting the news.   
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« Reply #297 on: April 15, 2014, 08:15:07 PM »

Wow, Samantha!  This seems to just be hitting the news.   

Yea.. I caught it soon after and posted here. The boston.com page I posted has a video of the person walking down the street.

It's not on any stations here yet.. (MA)

From the video it really seems like an extremely ignorant persons version of a "prank". (For lack of better word and not to make light of it obviously)
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« Reply #298 on: April 15, 2014, 08:50:09 PM »


WATCH LIVE: Boston Marathon finish line evacuated, man detained after backpacks found
April 15, 2014, 7:05 pm


(NECN) - A man was detained Tuesday night and the area near the Boston Marathon finish line evacuated after two unattended backpacks were found.

Boston Police said two backpacks were left unattended by the finish line around 8 p.m. Authorities say Boylston Street has been closed and they are asking the pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area.

NECN witnessed a man being put in the back of a police cruiser. Boston Police confirm that a male suspect is in custody in connection to the unattended backpacks; it is unknown if he is under arrest or if he was being questioned. Eyewitnesses said he was wearing all black with a veil covering his face. Video also shows he was not wearing any shoes.

One backpack was detonated around 8:50 p.m., setting off several car alarms in the area.

 

http://www.necn.com/04/15/14/WATCH-LIVE-Boston-Marathon-finish-line-e/landing.html?blockID=865137&feedID=11106
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« Reply #299 on: April 15, 2014, 09:15:03 PM »

Wow, Samantha!  This seems to just be hitting the news.   

Yea.. I caught it soon after and posted here. The boston.com page I posted has a video of the person walking down the street.

It's not on any stations here yet.. (MA)

From the video it really seems like an extremely ignorant persons version of a "prank". (For lack of better word and not to make light of it obviously)

 

This is the problem with terrorism.  Even after the initial deed is done, we have to keep looking over our shoulders, checking.  Staying on alert.  It costs valuable time and resources.  And then there are copy cats and the kind of thing that happened today.  I have no idea what security measures were taken for this year's Boston Marathon in the sense of planning, personnel but I bet it was a lot!   
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