A federal judge has set the date for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s next appearance in court. It will be on April 16, a year and a day after last year’s bombing.
Tsarnaev is facing 30 charges in connection with the deadly explosions, which killed three people and injured 260.
The AP reported today:
His lawyers say many of the charges are redundant and could sway jurors weighing whether to find him guilty and whether to sentence him to death. More than half the charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.
The April 16 hearing is expected to focus on the defense’s efforts to lift prison restrictions imposed on Tsarnaev.
The AP reported last month:
Tsarnaev’s lawyers had complained that the restrictions ‘‘continue to interfere with preparation of the defense in important ways,’’ including ‘‘obstacles related to FBI monitoring of family visits.’’ Tsarnaev’s lawyers say the presence of the FBI agent during prison visits by Tsarnaev’s two sisters ‘‘has thwarted the defense ability to develop important mitigation information."
Whether or not Tsarnaev himself will appear in court remains unknown.
By Dana Hatic, Boston.com Correspondent
The controversial issue of Rolling Stone featuring alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev performed well on newsstands despite boycotts from retailers and an uproar from critics who accused the magazine of giving the young man a "rock-star" treatment.
|(Courtesy Rolling Stone)|
The self-portrait of Tsarnaev used on the cover caused intense reactions, particularly in Boston. Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, saying the cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment."
Governor Deval Patrick also expressed disappointment with the cover, as did Richard Donohue, an MBTA transit officer who was injured in the shootout with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, on April 18.
The same photo appeared on the front page of The New York Times on May 5, alongside the headline "The Dark Side, Carefully Masked".
Rolling Stone editors released a statement atop the online version of the story, "Jahar's World", saying the cover fell "within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage" of important issues.
Twitter users reacted to news of magazine sales doubling:
Happy that @RollingStone sales doubled with Boston Bomber issue despite the boycotts- a testament to the story's high quality of journalism— Chloe Sorvino (@chloesorvino) August 1, 2013
Follow live coverage after Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev entered a not guilty plea in a courtroom at the Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in South Boston.