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Saving suspect from death penalty will be defense focus

Even before considering the evidence in the case, defense lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar A. Tsarnaev will have to devise a legal strategy with a clear priority — to save Tsarnaev from the death penalty, according to legal observers, who described a lengthy, complex process in federal capital cases.

“There’s no easy way to defend a case like this,” said Allison Burroughs, a lawyer in the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, and a former federal prosecutor.

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