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Tsarnaev’s defense targets first comments to police

Photos allowed that could show how badly hurt he was

In the first indication of a tactic that lawyers may use to defend Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his legal team won permission Friday to have the 19-year-old periodically photographed in prison to document his recovery, in an effort to challenge whether his initial statements to investigators were made voluntarily.

Defense lawyers, in arguments made public in a federal judge’s ruling on Friday, argued that the photographs, contrasted with images of him shortly after his capture, would provide ­evidence of his “evolving mental and physical state” since that time, and call into question his ability to make any admissions of guilt to author­ities.

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