Boston Marathon bomber files $250K lawsuit over ‘prison conditions’ after guards took his baseball hat

The man who killed three people using a homemade explosive device at the 2013 Boston Marathon is now suing the federal government for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the confiscation of a baseball cap and limited showers at the prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 26, who was on death row until his death sentence was overturned in July 2020 in an appeal, is suing the federal government for an astounding $250,000, alleging he is being mistreated in prison.

His death sentence was overturned by an appeals court to life in prison over a question about the jury selection. The federal appeals court said that the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases. That decision has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a result of the two homemade pressure-cooker bombs, three people were killed, over 260 were injured, and 17 victims lost limbs on April 15, 2013. Tsarnaev filed a handwritten lawsuit accusing the government of “unlawful, unreasonable, and discriminatory” treatment.

In the suit, Tsarnaev specifically cited correctional officers confiscating a white baseball hat and bandana, which he purchased at the prison commissary. He also cited his limited three showers per week, which he claimed has resulted in a “mental and physical decline.”

Tsarvaev claimed that his hat and bandana were taken “because, by wearing it, I was ‘disrespecting FBI and the victims” who were killed as part of the bombing he carried out with his brother on April 15, 2013.

The hate Tsarnaev chose to wear was white, reminiscent of the hate he was photographed wearing while placing the bombs at the Boston Marathon. As the Associated Press (AP) noted, law enforcement referred to him as “White Hat” during their investigation before learning his name.

The lawsuit has been assigned to a judge, who immediately found it deficient because it lacked the $402 filing fee and a “certified copy of the prisoner’s trust fund statement.” 

Some of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing reacted strongly to the news that a federal court had overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence. Survivor Adrianne Haslet wrote on Instagram, “He needs to die.”

Haslet, 40, a dancer who lost a leg in the attack, was one of 17 people left without at least one limb as a result of blasts set off by bombs that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted as a crowd gathered near the finish line. Haslet wrote:

“The death penalty should be used in this particular case. This terrorist admitted in court he was guilty of crimes committed against our country. He confessed…He is a threat to all of us an he needs to die.”

Another attacked survivor, Rebekah Gregory, wrote on Twitter that the federal court’s decision was “disgusting.” Gregory, 32, a young mother, also lost a leg as a result of the attack. She tweeted:

“So people are sitting on death row for far less and the US Appeals court chooses to overturn the sentence of this COWARD??!” All this does is give him the attention he wants and prolongs the nightmare we have been living the last SEVEN years. Disgusting.”

Tsarnaev was also convicted of killing an MIT police officer as the brothers tried to get away. Tamerlan died in a shootout with police, during which his brother also ran him over. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death after being convicted of 30 charges, most of which were upheld on appeal.

The appeal from July 2020 resulted in the death sentence being thrown out over concerns of the jury selection. The U.S. Justice Department has asked the Supreme Court to review the case.

In the petition, federal prosecutors called Tsarnaev’s case “one of the most important terrorism prosecutions in our nation’s history.”

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Barr: Department of Justice will fight to reinstate the death penalty for the Boston marathon bomber

August 22nd, 2020

BOSTON, MA – For the time being, the Boston bomber is not facing execution.  But now he’s facing a fight from U.S. Attorney General William Barr. 

The Justice Department announced Thursday its plan to seek to reinstate a death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of plotting and carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. 

Speaking to the Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department will take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. 

He said the department will appeal a July ruling that threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence and ordered a trial that will decide if he should be executed for his role in the attack. 

A 1st U.S. Circuit court panel of judges ruled that the judge who oversaw Tsarnaev’s trial did not thoroughly question potential jurors about their media exposure to the case, which has made national headlines for years. 

Barr told the AP: 

“We will do whatever’s necessary. We will take it up to the Supreme Court and we will continue to pursue the death penalty.” 

Tsarnaev, together with his brother, carried out the attack on April 15, 2013. They used two homemade pressure cooker bombs to kill three people and wound more than 260 others, including 17 people who lost limbs. 

They detonated the bombs near the finish line, in two separate blasts timed to be less than 30 seconds apart. 

In the chaos that followed, the Tsarnaev brothers vanished. 

On April 18, they resurfaced. In an attempt to steal his gun, they shot and killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police officer. 

The next day the brothers got into a shoot-out with police after officers identified the men in a stolen SUV. 

26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in that gunfight, and after being run over by the SUV his brother was driving as he fled. 

The shooting injured 17 officers, including one who was hit by a hand grenade and died just one year later. 

Hours later, police captured Tsarnaev in a Boston suburb where he was hiding in a boat parked in a backyard. 

Prosecutors told jurors that he wrote inside the boat before his capture: 

“Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.” 

They said during the trial that the attack was an attempt to punish Americans for its role in wars in Muslim countries. 

On Thursday, also speaking with the AP, Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said that while he respects the voices of those asking prosecutors to stop pursuing the death penalty, Tsarnaev’s crimes “place him in that narrow category of criminals for whom death is a proportional punishment.” 

In a statement to the news outlet, he wrote: 

“Some have argued that executing Tsarnaev will not deter others from pursuing similar crimes. But, ultimately, this decision is not about deterrence. It is about justice.” 

In 2015, a jury convicted the now 27-year-old on 30 charges which include the killing of the MIT officer and use of a weapon of mass destruction. 

His attorneys argued at trial that their client was lured into committing the crime by his older brother, and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a radicalized mastermind.

They admitted that the pair carried out the deadly attack. 

Last month’s decision to take the death penalty off the table was a blow to Bostonians, including the survivors of the attack who took part in the 2015 trial. 

Prosecutors have said they hope the nation’s highest court will resolve the issue to spare survivors from enduring a second trial. 

Barr has already demonstrated that he will not back away from pursuing federal executions. Under his leadership, the Justice Department has resumed federal executions. Last year, he directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to resume executions after nearly two decades without. 

Quoted then by CNBC, Barr said: 

“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law, and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.” 

Boston to disband the SWAT team that captured Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

August 5, 2020 – BOSTON, MA – Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis talked with Fox & Friends on Tuesday about the decision to disband Boston’s SWAT team.

This is the same team that was responsible for the capture of the Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in 2013.

“The thing I worry about is the special expertise that these officers have in the SWAT team.”

Without the team, that expertise is gone also, such as how to enter subway cars for maximum effect and safety.

The reasons?  The team hasn’t been used in several years and it is expensive to maintain. Given diminishing resources that could be used on more urgent needs, it makes sense in the context of an analysis of the history of the department. 

The police department in nearby Framingham made a similar decision in 2013.

That team had the additional complication of an accidental fatal shooting at the location of a 2011 raid that drew criticism from the victim’s family and the community. Keeping that in mind, the expense, and how rarely the team was used, they decided to give up their SWAT team.

To be sure they were covered in an emergency, they made an agreement with the state to send in a nearby SWAT team if needed – possibly from Boston. But that team is about to go away also.

There are other SWAT teams in Massachusetts to go to, as long as they aren’t disbanded also.

In the context of the history of the last couple of months, there are some new issues to consider. First, riots in many cities around the country, including Boston, suggest the need for SWAT teams, whether for local use or to assist nearby regions.

Second, the experience, once lost, cannot be recreated on demand. It will take time and training. Even if funding is provided at a later date, there will be a delay before new teams are trained, equipment updated, and facilities allocated.

Last, the cities that seem to need the SWAT teams the most are the ones that are least likely to use them, thus increasing the need while simultaneously reducing their ability to deal with it.

Boston mayor Marty Walsh, for instance, has pledged to defund Boston police by at least $12 million, or 20 percent of their overtime budget.

A decision like that might make more sense if we all lived in Utopia, a place where crime has been eradicated, and Marxist agitators like Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Fascist groups like Antifa aren’t manufacturing fake racist incidents as a pretext to incite nationwide violence and rioting.

The urge to save money by disbanding an expensive but unnecessary luxury makes sense, but only if it really is unnecessary.

Disbanding Boston PD’s SWAT team is like getting rid of all the smoke alarms in a building because they haven’t gone off yet, and they haven’t gone off because elected officials have removed all the batteries.

That is what we are seeing with riots around the country: a need for law enforcement that exceeds normal demands by several orders of magnitude.

Elected officials would have us believe we need less law enforcement, for fear we’ll antagonize the criminals destroying our cities.

No. We need more law enforcement to eradicate the violence, prevent harm to our cities and citizens, and punish the offenders.

As Americans, we have the right to free speech and assembly but not the right to commit crimes while doing it. Moreover, the real danger isn’t police or SWAT teams, but cowardly mayors, governors, and other officials who would rather capitulate to criminal demands than defend the people that elected them.

We know that the police are ready and willing to protect and serve, but what about city leadership?

Based on recent events, it doesn’t look like it. What those officials desire, based on recent behavior, is to coddle favor with the enemies of law and order.

The mere fact that any of them have contemplated defunding police departments in their regions should be enough to consider impeaching the  mayors in question.

The fact that several cities have already voted to defund police departments should make impeachment of those public officials responsible an absolute necessity if peace is to be restored.

Forget “defund the police”, how about “Defund the Mayors”, like Bill DeBlasio in New York City, Marty Walsh in Boston, Ted Wheeler in Portland, Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, Jenny Durkan in Seattle, and others.


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