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Browser History Obstruction of Justice Charge Could Mean Prison Time for Tsarnaev Pal

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The deleted browser history of Khairullozhon Matanov, a 24-year-old Massachusetts taxi driver who knew Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev, could result in lengthy prison time for the Kyrgyzstan resident when he is sentenced for obstruction of justice charges on June 18.

Matanov entered a guilty plea in March to four counts of obstruction of justice in a 30-month plea deal offered by federal prosecutors in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, reported The Verge.com.

 


Critics of Matanov's prosecution complain the government isn't accusing him of knowing anything about the bombing or covering it up, but of lying about his association with the Tsarnaev brothers and then trying to hide that association by deleting the browser history on his computer, according to The Nation. He has been in federal custody since May 2014.

Matanov was charged with obstruction of justice under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a law created by Congress in response to the Enron scandal, The Nation noted. Federal prosecutors used the law in 2010 when they convicted University of Tennessee student David Kernell after he deleted digital records that showed he had obtained access to Sarah Palin's Yahoo e-mail account.

The Guardian said U.S. District Judge William Young could still sentence Matanov to up to 20 years in prison if he does not accept the plea deal later this month.

"Matanov cooperated with the FBI, it had his computer," former deputy district attorney Matt Connolly said in the Milford Daily News. "The FBI cut and sliced his statements to make a case against him when there is none. The U.S. Attorney should have never indicted him. … There is something awfully wrong with this case. It doesn't smell right. But you’ll never read about it because this is Boston where most, fortunately not all, of the media unquestioning scrapes and bows before the U.S. Attorney and the FBI. "

Kavita Iyer of Tech Worm.com wrote that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was meant to go after corporations, is now being used to convict individuals.

"The law meant to stop and punish corporate wrongdoing is instead used as a hammer against a private citizen to a great extent," said Iyer. "Some people may feel that any possible application of a law is tolerable, especially in the continual war on terror. However, if that law is ever used against them, they might end up feeling differently about it."

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The deleted browser history of Khairullozhon Matanov, a 24-year-old Massachusetts taxi driver who knew Tamerlan and Dhzokhar Tsarnaev, could result in lengthy prison time for the Kyrgyzstan resident when he is sentenced for obstruction of justice charges on June 18.
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