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Kayvon Edson (Kevin Edson) Bomb Hoax yesterday




Facebook of man who left a backpack at the finish line yesterday

OMFG that header.

What’s your deal, Kayvon???

United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Summary of the Fourth Status Conference on April 16, 2014


The fourth status conference in the matter of United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took place today, April 16th at 10am, with all regular parties in attendance. Marc Fucarile, a severely-injured victim, was also in the courtroom today and says he plans to attend as much as possible through the trial. This hearing also marked the first case-related appearance of David Bruck, the defense’s new death penalty expert first added to the case back in February.

Three major issues were discussed today: surplus charges, the SAMs, and, of course, a new installment of the ever-present discovery battle between the prosecution and the defense. Today’s hearing lasted approximately 70 minutes, wrapping up at around 11:10.

Surplus charges and victim photos

  • The defense’s motion to dismiss “surplus” indictment charges was officially denied at the hearing today. The charges will remain as they are going into a potential trial. 
  • The judge also denied the government’s previous request to bar the defendant from seeing victim autopsy photos. 

Special Administrative Measures

  • The defense argued that the SAMs should be vacated, and/or family visits should be able to occur without FBI monitoring, because this is affecting the defense’s ability to prepare for trial.
  • Defense argued that the FBI agent monitoring Dzhokhar’s visits should not be on the prosecution team. Judge O’Toole agreed that a taint team should be used in the case of visits that “require monitoring”. 
  • According to the prosecution, 12 people are currently allowed to visit Dzhokhar, including members of the defense team and of his family. 
  • The defense argued that it needs the sisters’ visits and conversations with Dzhokhar as part of their legal strategy, and it’s difficult for his sisters to be open in conversation when they are concerned that an FBI agent is acting as a “pipeline for the prosecution”, giving them information that could be used against Dzhokhar at trial.
  • The government argued that the visits with sisters count as “social visits” and should be subject to surveillance. The judge expressed the inclination to consider these visits “legal visits”, however, seeing as they appear to be integral to the defense’s strategy.
  • No formal decision was made on this matter today, as the prosecution will be given a chance to respond as to why restrictions on family visits should not be lifted. However, it appears as though the judge is currently inclined to lift them. 


  • Today’s discovery feud concerned more information the government has on Todashev and the Waltham triple homicide, which the defense wants because they consider it relevant to their defense strategy. The prosecution disagrees, saying the information is not at all relevant to Dzhokhar.
  • The defense argued that they are now at a legal disadvantage because they do not have access to the Waltham information. The prosecution retorted that it has voluntarily made information available to the defense that it “was not obligated to share”. The prosecution further alleged that making this information available to the defense in this case could compromise Middlesex County’s own investigation into the Waltham triple homicide.
  • The prosecution and defense have agreed to disagree on what should and shouldn’t be made available by the prosecution. Judge O’Toole says he may review the information himself and decide if it is relevant to the defense.
  • The defense had also asked for any information on Tamerlan collected through FISA or other surveillance in 2011 on grounds that it may potentially challenge the evidence. The judge denied this, saying there is no reason for the government to turn that information over unless it is discoverable.

On a final note, so far, Judge O’Toole does not appear to be budging on the November 2014 trial date. In fact, this judge has a reputation for strictly holding to set trial dates. It will be interesting to see how this plays out going forward.

Defense motion to dismiss surplus counts denied for Tsarnaev


(NECN: Alysha Palumbo) - A motion to dismiss some of the charges against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was denied by a judge Wednesday.

Tsarnaev’s defense said many of the charges in the 30-count indictment Tsarnaev is facing are redundant. Tsarnaev, who is facing the death penalty, was arrested in Watertown, Mass. following a shootout in the city.

He is accused in the twin blasts that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the Boston Marathon.

The judge did not rule on whether special admin for Tsarnaev will be limited.

Tsarnaev’s defense asked for interviews from the FBI investigation of Ibragim Todashev, friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, regarding Tamerlan’s involvement in a Waltham, Mass. triple slaying.

Tamerlan, who is Dzhokhar’s brother, was killed in the Watertown shootout.

The government said providing those interviews could jeopardize an open case. The government said they were willing to give certain Todashev materials pertaining to the case.

Defense argued that the interviews were important to determine Tsarnaev’s state of mind. They also asked the judge to force the government to turn over additional evidence.

Defense said they has their doubts they would be ready for a November trial.

The judge said he would look at what was at issue with Todashev and make a ruling later.

Stay tuned to NECN for more as this story develops.


Judge O’Toole seems really set on this November thing.