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Boston Bombing Suspect to Get Expanded Access to Legal Team

Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 06:10 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Federal prosecutors will ease special restrictions to give accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev expanded access to his legal team.

Prosecutors said in a court filing on Tuesday that they would grant permission to several more members of Tsarnaev's defense team who can talk about their communications with the suspect to third parties, The Boston Globe reports.

The additions would only be allowed in preparing Tsarnaev's defense.

Tsarnaev, now 20, faces numerous charges stemming from the April bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people died in the attacks and more than 260 were injured.

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to decide by the end of January whether the death penalty will be sought for Tsarnaev.

An ethnic Chechen who later became a naturalized U.S. citizen, Tsarnaev is also accused in state court of killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier.

Under the eased restrictions, two investigators and a paralegal — all working for the federal defender’s office — would be added to the list, the Globe reports.

Others include a mental health consultant and a mitigation specialist, who will study Tsarnaev’s life in developing an argument against the death penalty.

Further, the mental health consultant and the mitigation specialist would be allowed to meet with Tsarnaev directly, without lawyers present, according to the Globe.

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