If you’re wondering what life behind bars is like for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, it isn’t good, according to his attorneys.
On Wednesday, Tsarnaev’s attorneys, Judy Clarke and Miriam Conrad, filed a motion asking a federal judge to lift the restrictions placed on him. According to them, Tsarnaev is being held in near solitary isolation. He is confined to his cell except to visit with his attorneys, or to go to a small outdoor enclosure on a limited basis. They claim the restrictions are based on his alleged behavior prior to his arrest and don’t apply to his behavior while in prison.
Clarke and Conrad call the restrictions “unlawful and unwarranted” and say there isn’t any factual support that he remains a threat while locked up.
Attached to their motion was a memo dated August 27 that was written to the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and that was approved by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The memo was written to justify the imposition of harsh detention restrictions on Tsarnaev.
One reason cited for the call for harsh restrictions was that Tsarnaev told FBI agents upon his arrest that he remained “committed to jihad and expressed hope that his actions would inspire others to engage in violent jihad.”
Another reason cited in the memo is that Tsarnaev allegedly disposed of key evidence after the attack, and convinced others to destroy evidence also.
However, Tsarnaev’s attorneys disagree with the reasons stated in the memo. They said the government hasn’t shown any instance where Tsarnaev has “done or said anything since his arrest to commit violence, incite violence or engage in communications that pose a security threat.”
They also claim that Tsarnaev’s legal rights are being violated, especially since he hasn’t been convicted of any crimes yet.
My thoughts? I think perhaps he should have thought of the consequences before ruining hundreds of lives. I have a hard time feeling sorry for him, especially since it seems as though he doesn’t have any remorse for what he’s done.
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