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Alleged Boston bomber's lawyers ask to lift more restrictions

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BOSTON -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are again asking a federal judge to lift special restrictions that have been placed on their client in prison, saying they are impeding their defence.

The lawyers said in a court filing Thursday the FBI has been monitoring the case and the Bureau of Prisons has tried to screen digital documents they have tried to view with Tsarnaev, in violation of his constitutional rights to prepare his case without government interference.

"These obstacles thwart preparation of important parts of the defence case.... and also threaten the integrity of attorney work product," the lawyers said. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed a defendant's rights to a lawyer "grants attorneys a zone of privacy within which to prepare the client's case and plan strategy, without undue interference," the lawyers wrote in the filing.

The measures limit Tsarnaev's interaction with people who are helping the defence and restrict the communications and other activities of the defence team, the lawyers said.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 22, 2014 A25

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