Boston Bomb Had Female DNA on It: Authorities
But that doesn't necessarily mean a woman helped the Tsarnaev brothers
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
A flag flies at the blast site on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets near the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, April 22, 2013 in Boston.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(Newser) – At least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks had female DNA on it, investigators say, but that doesn't necessarily mean the bombers had a female accomplice. Officials gave a handful of alternate scenarios to the Wall Street Journal: A store clerk could have handled materials later used in the bomb, or a female hair could have innocently ended up on it. The Journal notes that FBI agents were seen leaving the home of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's in-laws today. Tsarnaev's widow, Katherine Russell, has been staying there since the bombings, and one official says the agents were there to get a DNA sample from her to see if it matches the one found on the bomb.

Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has another lawyer. Judy Clarke, who was also on the defense team for Jared Loughner, has been appointed to join the three federal public defenders already assigned to Tsarnaev, Politico reports. That's because she has a lot of experience with death penalty cases; her appointment will probably lead some to speculate that she'll be able to negotiate a plea bargain with a life sentence rather than death, as she did for Loughner. The Atlantic Wire notes that Tsarnaev's attorneys have represented quite a few bombers, terrorists, and other well-known criminals, including Zacarias Moussaoui and the Unabomber.

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Apr 30, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
That's very generous of this high profile lawyer to come to his defense. And her compensation is the notoriety of the case and her name in the paper ? But wait, there's the movie rights and the book rights and the bobble heads . Fastest way for a dumb ass looser to hit the big time is to blow up some innocent people. You can thank all the people that are exploiting this for the money for the next round of bombings.
Apr 30, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
Then way even report it?
Apr 30, 2013 1:01 AM CDT
this could be another charles manson case.