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Federal Public Defender to Represent Boston Marathon Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

The Federal Public Defender Office for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island has said it expects to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to Miriam Conrad, the office’s federal public defender.

As it so happens, I interviewed Conrad a few months ago for the Lawfare podcast. We talked about the defense of terrorism suspects and her representation of Rezwan Ferdaus, who pled guilty to charges of plotting to attack the Pentagon and Capitol Building, and whose profile bears striking similarities to Tsarnaev’s: young, a U.S. citizen, and apparently well assimilated into American life.