Tsarnaev Seeks Better Prison Conditions
Lawyers call them unduly harsh for marathon bombing suspect
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 2, 2013 8:04 PM CDT
This file photo released April 19 shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.   (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)

(Newser) – Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge today to lift restrictions placed on him in prison, arguing that the conditions are overly harsh, have left him nearly totally isolated, and are impairing their ability to defend him. Tsarnaev's lawyers said in a motion filed in court that he has been confined to his cell except for visits from them and has "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure. In their motion, Tsarnaev's lawyers said "Special Administrative Measures" were imposed on their client beginning in August, at the request of US Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the approval of Attorney General Eric Holder.

"SAMs," as they are known, are used in terrorism cases and other high-profile cases when authorities allege there is "substantial risk" that a defendant's communications or contacts with people "could result in death or serious bodily injury" to others. The special restrictions were placed on shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, and other terror suspects. The measures restrict access to the mail, the media, the telephone and visitors. Tsarnaev's lawyers say prosecutors have presented no evidence that the special restrictions are needed in Tsarnaev's case.

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J Fawkes
Oct 23, 2013 12:10 PM CDT
you idiots, he hasn't been tried.
linnyfafa
Oct 5, 2013 9:11 PM CDT
Throw him into general population. Then he would really have something to complain about, before they kill him , that is. Scum.
Teabiscuit
Oct 4, 2013 1:58 PM CDT
Boo fricking Hoo. I'm sure his legless and armless victims are tired of their living conditions. I'm certain the dead victims family members are tired of their having to live without their loved ones, murdered during a fun event on a beautiful day. The gal.