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Judge: Correction officials must disclose records to accused Boston bomber defense

This undated photo found on the VK page

This undated photo found on the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, at an unknown location. Photo Credit: AP

Correction officials must provide lawyers for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with detailed records about his mental state in prison, his commissary purchases, suicide watch logs and other files related to his incarceration, a federal judge has ruled.

Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler ordered the records be handed over, while also ruling against a request by Tsarnaev's lawyers that the prison records be kept secret from prosecutors unless defense lawyers agreed to share them -- or were ordered by the court to do so. The prosecution will now have access to the same records.

The defense team made the request in Massachusetts federal court, and Bowler made the court papers regarding the request public on Monday.

Bowler also ruled partially in the defense team's favor Friday when she said photos of the accused bomber could be taken by prison authorities and used to challenge whether Tsarnaev was emotionally and physically fit enough to talk to interrogators following his capture -- and whether he did so voluntarily.

The pictures could also be used in "mitigation arguments" against the death penalty, records show.

Tsarnaev, 19, is charged in the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260. His suspected accomplice and older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a confrontation with police days after the bombings.


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