His lawyers say they could not show Tsarnaev photos of family members

Milton J. Valencia
Oct. 3, 2013

Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, asked a federal judge to ease special restrictions that have been placed on him at the prison in Fort Devens, saying they have unduly left him in harsh isolation while preventing proper communication with his family and his legal team.

The attorneys argued that US Attorney General Eric H. Holder J. had no basis to order the Special Administrative Measures for Tsarnaev in late August, more than four months after his arrest, with no evidence that Tsarnaev was a further threat of violence or to security.

“The government has not alleged that Mr. Tsarnaev has done or said anything since his arrest to commit violence, incite violence, or engage in communications that pose a security threat,” the lawyers argued in a courting filing Wednesday, calling the measures “unlawful and unwarranted.”

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