Dzhokhar: Tamerlan's Wife Played No Role in Attacks

Katherine Russell hires top lawyer

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 2:07 AM CDT | Updated May 9, 2013 6:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev spoke with investigators about his brother's widow, telling them she didn't have a hand in the Boston Marathon plot, an official tells USA Today. Tsarnaev reportedly discussed Katherine Russell with authorities days after the attacks. Meanwhile, Russell has bolstered her legal team with a leading New York lawyer, Joshua Dratel, who has represented terror suspects in the past—among them a Guantanamo detainee, the AP reports. Russell is set for further talks with investigators, lawyer Amato DeLuca says, as "part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions."

In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Katherine Russell, widow of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, right, leaves a law office.
In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Katherine Russell, widow of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, right, leaves a law office.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)
This June 26, 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, shows Katherine Russell, arrested on shoplifting charges in Warwick.
This June 26, 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, shows Katherine Russell, arrested on shoplifting charges in Warwick.   (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department)
Katherine Russell, right, wife of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca, left, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Providence, R.I.
Katherine Russell, right, wife of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca, left, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Providence, R.I.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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