Lawyers spar over prison restrictions for marathon bomber

Credit: Jane Rosenberg

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking a judge to extend an agreement that allowed a loosening of strict communications restrictions on him in prison.

While Tsaranev was awaiting trial in the deadly 2013 bombing, his communications with the outside world were sharply limited, materials shown to him by his lawyers were inspected by prison officials and his visits with his lawyers were monitored.

In 2014, Tsarnaev’s lawyers complained that the measures were so restrictive they impeded their ability to prepare his defense.

Under an agreement between both sides, some restrictions were loosened. Prosecutors argue that the agreement is no longer needed now that Tsarnaev has been convicted and sentenced to death.

His lawyers are asking a judge to keep the agreement in place.

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