Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, asked a federal judge to ease special restrictions that have been placed on him in prison, saying they have unduly left him in harsh isolation while preventing proper communication with his family and his legal team, the Boston Globe reports. The attorneys argued that there is no evidence Tsarnaev was a further threat of violence or to security.
Tsarnaev, now 20, faces 30 charges related to the April 15 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260, including several terrorism charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty. Authorities said he also killed MIT police officer Sean Collier. The special measures limit who from the defense team can visit or communicate with Tsarnaev, and what information they can share with him or others. The lawyers face penalties for violating any of the measures, what they called a “chilling” effect on their work.