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Prosecutors Seek To Block Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect From Seeing Victims' Photos

Prosecutors Don't Want Tsarnaev To See Victim Photos
BOSTON (AP) - Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to bar Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from seeing some of the gruesome autopsy photos of the three people killed in the attack.

In a court filing, prosecutors said Tsarnaev should only be allowed to look at autopsy photos that will be used during his trial and sentencing. They said he should not be allowed to see the many other photos that will not be used against him in court.

"Allowing photos of the mutilated bodies of the victims to be viewed by the man accused of mutilating them would needlessly revictimize the family members in the same way that innocent children who are photographed pornographically are revictimized whenever those photos are seen by others," prosecutors wrote.

Miriam Conrad, one of Tsarnaev's lawyers, declined to comment on the request.

In their motion, prosecutors say they told the defense that if Tsarnaev were allowed to view all the photographs, the government would continue to make them available for lawyers' review but would not provide copies. They said Tsarnaev's lawyers "refused to accept any limitation on Tsarnaev's ability to view the autopsy photos and repeated their demand for copies of all of them."

Tsarnaev, 19, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction. More than half the charges carry a possible death sentence.

Prosecutors allege that he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, built two pressure cooker bombs and placed them near the finish line of last year's marathon. Twin explosions killed two women and an 8-year-old boy and injured more than 260.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police several days after the April 15 marathon.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being held in a federal prison as he awaits a trial scheduled to begin in November.

In their motion, prosecutors ask to limit Tsarnaev's access to autopsy photos of the three bombing victims and MIT police Officer Sean Collier, who prosecutors allege was killed by the Tsarnaev brothers on April 18 as they fled.

Suffolk University Law School professor Christopher Dearborn said he believes it will be difficult to persuade a judge to restrict Tsarnaev's access to the autopsy photos, especially because he could be sentenced to death.

"The problem here is if there's any possibility that there's something in those photos that could be helpful or potentially helpful to him in a trial or in sentencing, he has to be allowed access to them," Dearborn said.

"What they are really trying to do is make a strong statement on behalf of the victims' families, and they have a right to do that. I just don't think that right can trump the constitutional rights of the defendant."

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Chris March 18 2014 at 9:27 AM

Enema him to death!

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Rich McCormack March 18 2014 at 9:04 AM

Correction: Older bother, Tamerlan (aka - "Speed Bump"), was killed when Dzhokhar ran him over with the getaway car. HIS autopsy photos should be wallpapering the punk's jail cell.

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carmpence March 18 2014 at 2:19 PM

really? He did the damage so he should see the results.

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gholdpuhr carmpence March 18 2014 at 2:25 PM

If he did it how come there's no evidence ? Y is it that I can show and prove how this is a false flag and how the FBI were keeping tabs on him before the bombing but u can't show and prove how he did it ?

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Carolyn gholdpuhr March 18 2014 at 5:44 PM

There's a lot of evidence. Even a picture of him carrying one of the bombs and then placing it on the sidewalk. He was captured after he and his brother stole a car and after they killed a police officer. The gun proves it was them. Then, he drove the car right over his brother and killed him. There are pictures of all of it. He then hid out in a boat, was captured and he confessed.

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erin gholdpuhr March 18 2014 at 5:52 PM

If you have proof, then show it.

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Pirate Pete March 18 2014 at 8:58 AM

If he gets the death penalty, does everybody get to see pictures of Tsarnaev's dead body?

Fair is fair!

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johnmustang Pirate Pete March 18 2014 at 9:08 AM

I sure hope so and maybe they can make the death itself public. He is an insult to anything considered animal or human.

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blakehall45 March 18 2014 at 8:56 AM

gas him already

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giyank1 March 18 2014 at 8:54 AM

What state was it recently that screwed up an execution and it took a longer time to kill him? I'd send Joker there. Oh wait its Massachusetts, he'll probably get probation.

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Lisa A. Santos March 18 2014 at 8:52 AM

They should never let him see the light of day again!

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tonevets March 18 2014 at 8:52 AM

I think it's a good idea. Given his desire/goal to bring great destruction and bodily harm to Americans, allowing him to see the photos would only strengthen the notion that he was successful. Why should he have that pleasure? He should be denied it. Why is there even a trial? Can't we just fast track this guy? I hate that he gets any media time.

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tlpk007 tonevets March 18 2014 at 9:09 AM

Me too, it's an insult to the victim's families and the survivors.

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myrsbill67bill March 18 2014 at 8:51 AM

I thought the constitutional rights belong to and protect the citizens and this is not working here or, did someone give him citizenship?? Using the big F here in strong words I can use, "F him"!

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tlpk007 March 18 2014 at 9:04 AM

What purpose would seeing these pictures serve for this horrible excuse for a human being? None, except maybe to excite the cretin into witnessing the actual carnage he caused. Sickening.

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