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Tsarnaev lawyers’ motion hints at declaration

Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggested in court records late Monday that the suspected Boston Marathon bomber may have been making a declaration “in anticipation of his own death” when he wrote on a boat in Watertown of his alleged reason for planting a bomb at the finish line.

Tsarnaev allegedly wrote on the boat while he was hiding from authorities, “The US government is killing our innocent civilians,” as well as, “I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished.” But his defense attorneys rejected the notion that it was a way for him to inspire others to violence.

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