US public defender seeks to represent Boston bomb suspect

April 20, 2013 21:20

BOSTON - The US Federal Public Defender Office in Boston is seeking to be appointed to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

The office commonly defends individuals who cannot afford their own attorneys in criminal cases. An official there, Charles McGinty, said its attorneys have not spoken to Tsarnaev and will have to be appointed to represent him by a federal judge. "That's why we're trying to advance the appointment to be as soon as possible," he said.The 19-year-old suspect was captured Friday night and remains hospitalized under guard in Boston.

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