FBI agents investigating the Boston Marathon bombings have visited the Rhode Island home of dead suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in laws and carried away several bags.
CNN says at least one bag was labelled DNA samples. The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating the possibility that DNA on the pressure cooker belongs to Katherine Russell, Tamerlan widow.
Russell didn speak as she left her attorneys office in Providence. Attorney Amato DeLuca says she doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
Attorneys have said Russell and her family were in shock when they learned of the allegations against her husband and brother in law, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gunbattle with police. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. Their mother calls the allegations lies. terrorism database along with son in 2011
Tsarnaev defence team was revealed Monday.
One lawyer won acquittal for a Saudi man charged with carrying three firecracker like devices on a plane, arguing he was a victim of hysteria over airport security after the Sept. 11 attacks. Another has managed to avert death sentences for some of the highest profile criminals of our time, including the Unabomber and the gunman whose rampage injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The team that will be led by Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, got a major boost Monday with the addition of prominent San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent Judy Clarke. Not that Conrad is considered any slouch. attorney in Boston who has gone up against Conrad in federal court. always found her to be very smart and focused on whatever she perceived as chinks in the armor in the government case. She would zone in on that. Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, a crime that carries a potential death sentence. He lies in a prison hospital after being wounded in a shootout with police as he and his broth michael kors canada er made a getaway attempt. Tamerlan Tsarneav, 26, was killed.
Conrad is preparing for what expected to be a long and complicated legal process. Although federal law entitles to at least one lawyer with experience in death penalty cases, Conrad asked for two.
She got Clarke but was denied a second David Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has directed the school death penalty defense clinic since 2004.
The suspect lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penal michael kors canada ty expert if he is indicted, the judge said. That when prosecutors could add new charges. Prosecutors have 30 days to indict him.
Northampton, Mass., lawyer David Hoose described Clarke as the best. has an ability to relate to people who are charged with these horrific, horrific crimes and to humanize them, to portray them as human beings to the government and to a jury, said Hoose, who has represented several people accused of capital crimes, including Kristen Gilbert, a former veterans hospital nurse who killed four patients by overdosing them with medicine. Gilbert was spared the death penalty.
Conrad, 56, is among three federal defenders in her office who will represent Tsarnaev and would not talk about how she will defend him. Lawyers who have handled capital cases say the team first priority will likely be to persuade prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table.
seems inevitable if the case is going to be litigated and not resolved in a negotiated plea, then (Conrad) will bring a motion to suppress and try to argue that the government went beyond the public safety exception or didn craft questions that were limited enough to fit within that exception, said Birckhead, now an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
they see what a judge decides, she said.
Experts say Conrad is also almost certain to try to suppress statements Tsarnaev allegedly made to investigators before he was advised of his constitutional right to remain silent and seek a michael kors canada lawyer. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there, officials said.
Conrad has spent her entire legal career as a public defender, first for the state, and for the past 21 years as a federal defender. Before going to Harvard Law School, she worked for the Kansas City Times and as a crime reporter for The Miami Herald.
In court, Conrad is aggressive and feisty without being histrionic. Prosecutors who have gone up against her say she is a fierce advocate who takes advantage of any missteps by her opponents. Judge michael kors canada s also respect her. Attorney Mark Smith recalled attending a seminar several years ago when a panel of judges was asked by a lawyer how he should handle himself in federal court.
of the judges said, Do what Miriam does. Watch Miriam; do what she does, Smith said.
She won an acquittal in 2004 for a Saudi biomedical engineer who was charged after three sparklers were found in his luggage at Boston Logan Airport. She argued he didn realize the sparklers were in his luggage. After he was acquitted, Conrad questioned why the case wasn resolved by Customs agents.
how credible he is, I wonder why it didn stop there, she said. guy is no more a terrorist than Pope John Paul. Capitol and Pentagon with remote controlled model planes, Conrad suggested his plot was just a fantasy fueled by mental health problems. Ferdaus received a 17 year sentence after pleading guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and other charges.
In a 2006 interview with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Conrad said she does not see her clients in one dimensional terms.