Noted death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke joins Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team
Clarke’s appointment was endorsed on Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler.
Among the previous clients of Ms Clarke there was Jared Lee Loughner, involved in last year’s Arizona shooting which left former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords badly injured. Loughner was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences, plus 140 years.
Meanwhile, the judge has not satisfied the second notion from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s public defender to appoint a second death penalty lawyer.
Woman's DNA found on Boston bomb
Female DNA has been found on at least one of the Boston Marathon bombs, but investigators have not determined whose it is or whether it indicates a woman helped the two brothers blamed for the deadly April 15 blasts, officials told The Wall Street Journal.
The anonymous officials said there could be multiple explanations, including a store clerk who handled materials that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, used to make the bombs, or perhaps a stray hair or other material that unwittingly ended up on the explosive devices.
Monday, FBI agents went to a Rhode Island home to collect a DNA sample from Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shootout with police April 19, one official told the Journal. She has been staying with her parents since the bombings.
The sample will be compared with the genetic material recovered.
Agents left her parents' home, in North Kingstown, with several bags. Russell left with her attorneys through a separate door, USA Today reported quoting The Associated Press.
One lawyer has said she is "doing everything she can to assist with the investigation."
Her attorneys said previously that Russell and her family were shocked when the Tsarnaev brothers emerged as suspects.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and is being held in a U.S. prison medical facility at Fort Devens, about 40 miles west of Boston.
“The US was aware of the threat coming from the Tsarnayev brothers but did nothing to stop them. Perhaps, somebody wanted to make use of them. I can’t believe that the FBI was so naïve,” chairman of the Russian Duma Foreign Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, tweeted on Monday.
Alexei Pushkov, head of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, claimed that “someone evidently wanted to use the brothers because it’s hard to believe in the FBI’s naivety.”
Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnayev are accused of staging the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people, including an 8-year-old child.
During a huge manhunt, Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police, while Dzhokhar was injured and is still in hospital.
Reports to the effect that the uncle of suspected Boston bombers, the Tsarnayev brothers, Ruslan, is related to the CIA are absurd, said Ruslan Tsarnayev’s former father-in-law, former CIA agent, Graham Fuller, in a statement.
He said that his daughter, Samantha, was Ruslan Tsarnayev’s wife for 3 or 4 years, of which time they spent one year in Bishkek.
According to Mr. Fuller, the two divorced in 1999. Graham Fuller was a former CIA officer in Turkey, and was also a Deputy Head of the US National Intelligence Council.
But he had retired from the Intelligence Service by the time his daughter married Ruslan Tsarnayev.
Graham Fuller told the El Monitor online publication that he did not think Ruslan could say anything of any importance to the intelligence agency.
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