Friends of accused Boston bomber challenge keeping evidence secret

Daniel Lovering
October 29, 2013


A lawyer for one of three college friends who allegedly helped to cover the tracks of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued on Tuesday that a judge's order keeping most evidence in the case out of public view was unfair to his client.

An attorney for Azamat Tazhayakov, who is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, said prosecutors had failed to give a specific reason for sealing evidence, other than concerns about pretrial publicity and protecting the litigants.

"The defendants have basically been muzzled," said defense attorney Nicholas Woolridge, while the government has been allowed to "cherry pick" details about evidence discovered in the case.