Boston Bomber Wants Better Prison Treatment

Defense lawyers want more access to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Attorneys for the alleged Boston Marathon bomber asked a federal judge Wednesday to lift prison restrictions that put him in isolation and limit communication with his family and legal team, the Boston Globe reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the so-called special administrative measures for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in August, and is currently consulting with local prosecutors and defense attorneys over whether to seek the death penalty for charges related to the April 15 bombing that killed three people and injured 260.

Lawyers for Tsarnaev, who is being held at the Fort Devens prison in Massachusetts, say there is no evidence that he is a violent threat and argue that they need access to him to build their case.

[The Boston Globe]