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Attorneys for Dzokhar Tsarnaev Want More Time to Prepare

(Photo: FBI via AP)

(Photo: FBI via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev are formally asking a federal judge for more time to prepare arguments that their client shouldn’t be subject to the death penalty.

In a brief filed Friday with the U.S. District Court in Boston, Tsarnaev’s lawyers say the current October 24 deadline doesn’t allow for a “reasonable opportunity” to make their case.

Twin bombings at the April 15 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260.

Federal prosecutors have said they plan to make a recommendation about whether to pursue the death penalty to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by the end of the month. Holder will make the final decision.

Prosecutors said at a recent hearing that they believe the defense has had ample time to respond.


  • Fredpiquette

    Why argue over this at this stage of the game? Let him be convicted first, then argue over who or if you get to kill him, the state, or another prisoner in jail. The result will be the same, and he would suffer far more by prisoners hands than by lethal injection.

    • alpinequeen

      He has the right to a fair trial and due process.