Federal prosecutors have agreed to loosen special restrictions that had been placed on Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, so he can have expanded access to his defense team.
In a court filing Tuesday, prosecutors said they will add several defense team members to the list of people who are allowed to talk about their communications with Tsarnaev to third parties, as long as it is in preparation of their defense. The added members include two investigators and a paralegal who are employed by the federal defender’s office, as well as a mental health consultant and a mitigation specialist, who will scrutinize Tsarnaev’s life for factors that argue against subjecting him to the death penalty.
All the defense team members would report, and are accountable to, the top four lawyers named in the case.
Also, prosecutors agreed to let the mental health consultant and the mitigation specialist meet with Tsarnaev directly, without lawyers present.
And the prosecutors agreed to let Tsarnaev receive multiple defense team visitors at the same time, including lawyers, precleared paralegals, investigators, the mitigation specialist, and the mental health consultant.
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