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Declaration of Professor Neil Vidmar


Doc 517-1 here

Tsarnaev defense teams asks to delay start of trial

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev file a motion to push the start date of his trial to 2015.


Boston Bombing Suspect Requests Trial Delay

The trial is currently scheduled to begin in November

Lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaevfiled a petition Friday asking a federal judge to delay the start of his bombing trial to September 1, 2015 or later. The defense argues that it needs more time to prepare given the volume of evidence to sort through and the severity of the charges.

“The trial in this case is currently scheduled to begin just 16 months after the defendant was indicted,” the petition said. “It is critically important that any trial be fair, which means giving both sides, not just the government, enough time to uncover and present all relevant evidence.”

Earlier this month defense lawyers argued that media coverage in Boston would unfairly harm Tsarnaev’s defense and asked that the trial be moved from Boston.

Tsarnev is accused of carrying out the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon with his brother Tamerlan. Three bystanders were killed and hundreds were injured during the bombing. A police officer died in subsequent shootings, and Tamerlan died after he was shot in the head during a manhunt for the two brothers.

The trial on charges of using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death is currently scheduled to begin in November.



Doc 519 here

The defense has reason to believe that the government seized a
considerably larger number of electronic devices in connection with its investigation than it has produced to the defense so far, including devices seized from important individuals who were close to one or both of the brothers,e.g., Ibragim Todashev, who was shot and killed by the FBI during questioning shortly after he purportedly confessed to participating, with TamerlanTsarnaev, in the September 2011 Waltham triple homicide. Declaration of William Fick (via patsysvodka)

In this case, for example, they include the apportionment of responsibility between the defendant and his plainly dominant older brother. Pursuing this single question—
and there are many others like it—requires that the defense identify and classify thousands of items of circumstantial evidence contained in each of the brothers’ various computers and digital storage devices so as to show precisely when, and in which direction, violent ideological material cited in the indictment flowed between them. Doc 518  (via patsysvodka)




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Doc 518 with supplement and exhibits - 80 pages



Doc 517 here

Boston bombers' sister gave woman panic attack with 'bomb threat'


(for what it’s worth)

The Boston Marathon bombers’ twisted sister left her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend dumbstruck with terror when she allegedly threatened to kill the woman during a frightening phone call earlier this week, a friend said Tuesday.

“She was freaked out,” said a pal of Roslyn Betances, 23, who was allegedly told by her ex-boyfriend’s new squeeze, Ailina Tsarnaeva, that “I know people who can put a bomb on you.”

“She got into a panic attack and she wasn’t even talking,” the friend said. “She wasn’t responding at all.”

In addition to being speechless, the terrorized Betances’ face went flush, said the friend, who would only identify herself as Rachel.

“She was scared. I mean anybody would be, especially with the person knowing where you live here.”

Tsarnaeva’s boyfriend, George Briones, has three children with Betances, who lives in Harlem.

Monday’s explosive phone call is believed to be part of an ongoing custody battle between the couple — and into which Tsarnaeva has injected herself.

The terrorist sibling surrendered to police at the 30th Precinct Wednesday after the woman reported the threat. The sister of the marathon attackers was interviewed by the NYPD Bomb Squad, as well as the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

She admitted only to calling Betances and telling her, “Leave us alone” — but denied mentioning anything about a “bomb.”

Tsarnaeva allegedly claimed it was Betances who was the one who threatened her.

Tsarnaeva was charged with aggravated harassment, given a desk appearance ticket and released.

A law-enforcement source said Tsarnaeva’s “threat” was likely just hot air.

“She was very nice,” the source said. “She was crying for a little while while waiting to be interviewed, because she was frustrated being there.

“I don’t think she had any plans to blow up anything — hopefully not.”

But Betances’ friend said this isn’t the first time the sister of the Boston bombers has threatened her, the woman’s friend said.

Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, NJ, allegedly threatened “to f–k her up,” when Betances tried to serve Briones with legal papers this past June ordering him to appear in court, adding, “I already know where she lives.”

Neither Tsarnaeva nor Briones could be reached for comment Thursday.

Tsarnaeva’s brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were responsible for the Boston Marathon massacre from April 2013, configuring multiple homemade bombs from pressure cookers and planting them near the finish line.

The terrorist attack killed three people and wounded 260 more.

Tamerlan, 26, was shot to death days later after getting into a gunfight with police and Dzhokhar, 21, was found hiding in a boat outside the home of a Watertown, Mass., resident.

He is awaiting trial, and faces the death penalty if convicted.

North Bergen residents react to sister, widow of Boston bombing suspects living in neighborhood


Residents of a quiet North Bergen neighborhood where the sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects lives expressed a wide range of opinions on her presence in the area in light of her recent run-in with the law.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, sister of bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,  currently lives in a three-family home on 50th Street with Tamerlan’s widow.

No one answered the door at the home this afternoon, just a day after Tsarnaeva was charged in New York City for allegedly threatening to bomb her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, according to media reports.

“We don’t know anything about it,” said a man who lives directly next door to the family, but did not provide his name. “We saw the television people come. It’s a surprise.”

“Oh wow! That’s a shocking thing,” a woman who lives nearby exclaimed. “Now that I know they live here I am always going to feel a certain way, you know?”

The woman, who only wanted to be known as “S.B.,” said she has occasionally said hello to the women, but says they mostly kept to themselves. She saw them so infrequently she thought they were visiting someone in the neighborhood, not living in the neighborhood themselves.

“I feel like a lot of people would feel funny renting the place to them if they knew who they were,” said S.B. “Could something happen here? What’s next?”

From speaking with neighbors, it’s unclear how many people lived in the 50th Street apartment.

Neighborhood residents Jorge Herrera, 22, and Gustavo Mendoza, 26, who were playing basketball this afternoon, hadn’t quite had time time process the news of Tsarnaeva

“Wow, I just found out so I haven’t had time to have an opinion on it,” said Herrera when told the family lives in the neighborhood. “I guess it doesn’t matter to me.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was killed by law enforcement on April 19, 2013 after he and Dzhokhar, now 21, allegedly carried out the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Dzhokhar was also detained that day and could face the death penalty.

Meanwhile, one North Bergen man — who wanted to be identified as O.J. — regularly watches over the neighborhood from a large picture window in his second floor apartment.

“I don’t think it’s right that they stay here,” said O.J. “I’m worried about the kids in the neighborhood.”

O.J., who lives across from the neighborhood park, says the women used to bring two children to the park, but haven’t lately. He also claims that police, in unmarked cars, frequently visited the neighborhood when Tsarnaeva first moved in.”

“They would follow them,” he said. “They were watching them.”

Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for North Bergen, said the town’s police department was aware that Tsnaraeva was living in town but added North Bergen police were not involved in her arrest on Wednesday.

O.J. expressed concern about people wanting retaliation for the Boston bombings.

“That could bring the problem here,” he said. 

“Most people don’t want them here,” he said. “They don’t want any problems.”

Felix Garcia, 52, who lives near Tsarnaeva, meanwhile does not share some of his fellow neighbors concerns.

"Why are people asking about it?" he said. "I haven’t seen anything suspicious."

Marathon victims react to Tsarnaev's sister's arrest


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The sister of the marathon bombing suspect allegedly threatened a woman her boyfriend is involved in a custody dispute with, and referenced a bomb. 

Ailiana Tsarnaeva allegedly threatened the mother of her boyfriend’s children by saying, “I know people who can put a bomb on you.”

Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile described her alleged threats as “arrogant.”

"My six-year-old son says something to another boy, those are just words. She’s a grown adult you know, she can chose to use different words," he said.

Tsarnaeva eventually turned herself into police after making the threats, but the Fucarile’s say the damage has already been done. The bombs that Tsarnaeva’s bothers allegedly placed on Boylston Street during last year’s marathon changed the victims’ lives forever. Fucarile, for one, will live the rest of his life coping with operations and pain.

When asked what he would want Tsarnaeva to know about his road to recovery, he said he “didn’t think she’d care.”

"I don’t think there’s anything you could show her, you know, how I get ready in the morning, how I take a shower, how I have to play with my son now," he said.

The story is gaining national television coverage, which is causing some to ask if Tsarnaeva’s words could have an impact on the case against her brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Boston criminal defense attorney David Yannetti said it was a possibility.

"I think that at a minimum if you are defending Tsarnaev, you don’t like anything in the news that mentions the name Tsarnaev and bomb in the same sentence," he said.

Ailiana Tsarnaeva has been charged with aggravated harassment. She was released and is due in court in September. Fucarile says he hopes she has to serve some jail time so she is forced to think long and hard about why what she said is so insulting.