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.
17:48 // 4 weeks ago
Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment, has been charged with one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery, San Diego Superior Court officials said Tuesday.
The charges, filed by the state attorney general’s office, relate to three alleged victims, identified as Jane Doe 1, 2 and 3.
A hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Superior Court.
Update: Filner has pled guilty on all charges. As part of a plea deal, he now faces three months of home confinement and three years of probation after his house arrest ends. Filner also agreed to mental health treatment, the length/scope of which will be decided by a mental health professional, and to forfeit his pension for a six-month period.
14:01 // 1 month ago