Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts will decide within a week whether to recommend the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted in the Boston Marathon bombing.
The prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told a court hearing on Tuesday that the sentencing recommendation would go to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will have until January 31 to make the final say on the government’s recommended punishment for the 20-year-old ethnic Chechen.
Lawyers for Tsarnaev are arguing that they do not have enough access to their client to adequately prepare for a trial that the U.S. government hopes will begin sometime next fall. The accused bomber’s attorneys are asking either for extra time to prepare, or additional opportunities for the defense team and/or its representatives to visit Tsarnaev in custody.
November 12, 2013 // 17:48 // 9 months ago