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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. FBI via AP

Two New York federal public defenders have joined Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s taxpayer-funded legal team, records show.

The lawyers, Mia Eisner-Grynberg and Anthony Paul O’Rourke, filed appearances Thursday on behalf of Tsarnaev with the First US Circuit Court of Appeals, where the confessed bomber is challenging his death sentence.

Eisner-Grynberg is an assistant federal defender in the Eastern District of New York and worked previously at the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, according to her biography on the Federal Defenders of New York website.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, she served as senior articles editor of the Review of Law & Social Change while enrolled at NYU, the biography says.


O’Rourke is a regular contributor to the Federal Defenders of New York Blog. His recent articles have touched on a number of topics, including the Armed Career Criminal Act.

Tsarnaev, 25, is currently imprisoned at a federal supermax facility in Colorado.

He was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and wounded hundreds more. Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, also killed an MIT police officer while they were on the run.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a confrontation with police in Watertown days after the blasts.

Several attorneys are currently handling Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s appeal, according to court records. The First Circuit recently approved a request from Tsarnaev’s team to file an oversized appellate brief totaling approximately 475 pages.

In granting the request, Judge Juan R. Torruella ordered that the brief “as filed must contain a detailed table of contents allowing the reader to tell precisely what arguments are being made and exactly where in the brief each argument is made,” filings show.


Oral arguments in the closely watched appeal haven’t been scheduled.

Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.