Court denies request for Boston bombing suspect photos

May 17, 2013 23:36

BOSTON - A federal judge on Friday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to take photographs of their imprisoned client without sharing them with prosecutors.

The defense wanted to document 19-year-old Tsarnaev's injuries and mental state while being held in federal prison to provide evidence of "the voluntariness of his statements" while under interrogation, according to court papers.

Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler, of US District Court for Massachusetts, said the request posed a security risk, but said she would allow prison staff to take photographs of Tsarnaev in the presence of his lawyers.

She said the pictures would not be protected by attorney-client confidentiality and would have to be shared with federal prosecutors.

Tsarnaev's lead attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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