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Special Restrictions On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leans over in a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)

In this Friday, April 19, 2013 Massachusetts State Police photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev leans over in a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy)

Attorneys for the accused marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were in federal court today. The argued that the restrictions placed on their client by the government have hurt their ability to mount a defense.

The so-called Special Administrative Measures were put in place in late August, four months after Tsarnaev’s arrest. They include keeping him in solitary confinement, monitoring his calls and mail, as well as a series of restrictions placed on his lawyers.

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  • Elizabeth Field

    I have been following this case since day one and I find it very disturbing. The SAMs have been placed on this young man because the government is trying to break him in hopes that he will take a plea and there will be no trial. Every citizen of this country has the right to be defended to the best of his lawyers abilities without government hindrance. No one will ever know the WHOLE truth until everything comes out. At this point I don’t believe our government wants that to happen. If this young man is locked away for life or even worse put to death, without getting to tell his side of the story justice will not be served. No one and I mean no one is above the laws of this country, including those who are sworn to protect it!
    The victims of this tragedy deserve the whole truth and not just the governments spin on it. If this was your child would you want this to happen to them. My heart goes out to all of the victims, but it also goes out to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As a citizen of this country and with no previous history he deserves better than this.
    As responsible citizens of this country it is up to us to demand that his rights be protected before we find ourselves in his situation. I pray it never comes to that.,

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