Attorneys named in death penalty appeal for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. FBI via AP, File

Both sides in Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s pending death penalty appeal have named the attorneys who will handle oral arguments when a federal appellate panel hears the case next month.

Assistant US Attorney William A. Glaser will argue for the government and attorney Daniel Habib will plead Tsarnaev’s case before the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, legal filings show.

The Boston appeals court is slated to hear oral arguments on Dec. 12.

Tsarnaev, 26, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2015 for his role in the April 15, 2013 bombings, which killed three people, including an 8-year-old Dorchester boy, and wounded hundreds more.


He and his coconspirator, his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, also killed an MIT police officer while they were on the run. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a confrontation with police in Watertown days after the blasts.

Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are challenging his conviction and death sentence, arguing in part that his trial should have been held in a different jurisdiction and that the trial judge wrongfully barred his legal team from telling jurors about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s alleged involvement in a Waltham triple murder in 2011.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers say he acted under the sway of his violent, domineering older brother when he took part in the bombings, while the government contends Dzhokhar willingly embraced radical Islam on his own and was an equal participant in the marathon attack.

Glaser has served in the Appellate Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division since September 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Habib is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, according to his biography on the website of the Federal Defenders of New York, which he joined in 2014.


“Before joining the Federal Defenders, Mr. Habib was a managing associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe,” the bio says.

Tsarnaev is currently incarcerated in a federal supermax prison in Colorado. Taxpayers are footing his legal fees.

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