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Tsarnaev restrictions spark legal debate over constitutional rights

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber in custody at Fort Devens federal prison, were prohibited last month from showing him photos of his family, because it would violate new restrictions placed on him.

Under the restrictions, enacted in August, the lawyers needed permission to share conversations between them and Tsarnaev with his physician. The lawyers, veteran defenders, also had to sign letters promising to abide by the restrictions before they could meet with their client again.

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