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Friend Of Tsarnaev Seeks New Trial

In this May 13 file courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov sits during a hearing in federal court in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

May 13 file courtroom sketch of defendant Azamat Tazhayakov in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

BOSTON — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is asking a judge to throw out his conviction on obstruction charges or grant him a new trial.

A jury last week found Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, guilty of impeding a federal investigation by removing a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room days after the deadly attack.

Tazhayakov’s lawyers say the government did not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that their client was the one who removed the evidence.

The defense had argued at trial that Tazhayakov’s roommate, Dias Kadyrbayev, was the one who disposed of the items.

If the conviction stands, Tazhayakov faces up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October.

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  • public_servant_watch

    Really! Shocking! Wonder when the actual criminals in this matter will actually get a Defendant seat. I’m going to check in with Attorney GREIG E. MACINTYRE in New Jersey and see what he thinks!

    • furtive

      Who do you think they are?
      Wbur editors really want to know? Me as well.
      Please NAME NAMES..AFTER ALL OUR REPUBLIC HAS EVOLVED JUST AS JOE MCCARTHY WARNED:

      From constitutional to COMMUNIST….

  • Lawrence

    As could be expected, the desperate defense attorney is making clams. But according to the jury, he was in fact proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • Seneca Wolf

    He deserves a new trial. To face 25 years in prison for this is insane, especially when the backpack did not even contain any evidence relating to the bombings. They try to make it seem like it did, but it didn’t. It contained left over fireworks from a few months before when Tsarnaev and friends were setting them off (instagram photos & twitter both show evidence of this). It contained a very small container of vaseline (as seen in the evidence photos- most likely used for chapped lips). Nothing in the backpack had any relation to the bombings.

    • Lawrence

      That’s not what the jurors thought. They heard and evaluated all of the evidence.

      If the contents were innocent and normal, then why did his friends feel compelled to dispose of it?

      • Seneca Wolf

        They were confused and scared and didn’t know what to do. They just took it to their apartment and only threw it away because the girlfriend of one of them told them she didn’t want it in the apartment because she too, was scared. Even if they’d thought any of it could have been something bad, doesn’t mean it actually was. It just seems like “following procedures” can be taken too far to the point where it’s no longer human. We all are fully aware that these boys are not terrorists and are not a harm to anyone. Yet we still are allowing them to spend a lifetime in prison? It isn’t right.

        • Lawrence

          Yes I agree. A real shame. Their actions do not prove grave harm to others. Just really misplaced loyalty.

          They pledged allegiance to this country yet their true allegiance were to their fellow Ukrainians.

          Therefore the just sentence would be to deport them back to Ukraine. It puts them where their loyalties are and will save us millions in prison costs.

          • Seneca Wolf

            That would make complete sense…. if they were Ukrainian.

          • furtive

            They are here on a foreign student visa. They pledged no allegiance.
            They were having a typical experience as college kids…remember that time?

      • skin

        The backpack that was removed contained fireworks, ALL fireworks are illegal in MASS, they removed drugs, also illegal. These were the items removed, not bomb making evidence. The FBI conveniently takes poor notes instead of recording interrogations. This gives them leeway to inject whatever they need to their advantage. If Tsarnaev’s friends were covering up for him, why leave the white ball cap behind?

        • furtive

          No drugs.

          • skin

            Yes, Dias removed a bag of pot from the dorm room.

          • furtive

            Dias wasn’t on trial azamet was. He only took his headphones he loaned JAHAR.

            You are already hypnotized & asleep.
            If he became a prosecution witness as a pre trial deal, like the girl friend he would not have been tried.

            All a huge set up.WATCH the “NEWBURGH STING” on HBO OnDemand documentaries & get the hang of the FBI PLAYBOOK.

            Nothing has changed since the JFK assassination on 11-22-1963

            The FBI turns the law upside down & we are supposed to believe them. They are a crime syndicate.

          • skin

            Whoa! Whoa! there Furtive, I am on Azamat’s & Dias’ side, you didn’t read my previous post did you? The point I was trying to make, was that the boys took stuff that any normal college kid would, not bomb making evidence. Please do not label me. And no I am not hypnotized and asleep, I am fully aware of the corruption, lies & FBI targeting. If you followed Aza’s trial, which I did by the way, you didn’t have to point that out, you should know that DIAS did in fact take pot from that dorm room. And by that I am not trying to make him a criminal, the fact that they all smoked does not make any of them terrorists, even though that’s what the FBI wants everyone to believe. I am old enough to know the corrupt tactics of our government from JFK to the BMB.

          • skin

            Oh by the way it’s Azamat not Azamet

      • Patriarch

        Jurors favor the FBI which USES LAWLESS EXTRACONSTITUTIONAL TACTICS TO PREVAIL.

        THEY ARE CRIMINAL CHEATERS.

        the only ONLY ONLY ONLY reason he was charged is because the FBI need government witnesses to rat out Tsarnarv.

        They offered him a plea to do that.

        It is EXTORTION OF YOUR LIBERTIES, A KGB TACTIC.

        THE GIRLFRIEND FOLDED. SHE WAS THE LEADER OF THE BACKPACK, instructing her boyfriend to get rid of the back pack.

        Besides, the backpack was already destroyed according to the FBI LYING FELON, DESLAURIERS.

        SO WHY PURSUE A BACK PACK, UNLESS OF COURSE IT WAS AN FBI BACKPACK WHICH WAS FILLED WITH NAILS INSIDE A PRESSURE COOKER.

  • X-Ray

    ” . .did not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” Is not the Jury the sole arbiter of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt? They rendered their verdict after due deliberation.. Only sentencing remains.

  • furtive

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    and sent $11 million to Boston in the 2012 fiscal year.

    Few U.S. cities could have been better prepared for the events….
    ..Part of that money must go towards live drills, so over the past couple years, Boston has conducted two citywide disaster simulations with Cytel Group’s Urban Shield, using the preparation and after-action reports from the first trial (in May 2011) to improve the city’s preparedness in the second, in November 2012. (The city also hosted an emergency management summit last August.)

    James Baker, the president of security consultancy Cytel Group:
    “Everything that you saw happen within seconds of the explosion was all because someone thought they should be prepared for that.”
    In the past 24 months, Baker has helped Boston run two massive, 24-hour worst-case scenario simulations that bore no small resemblance to the situation unfolding this afternoon in Watertown…
    In Boston, Urban Shield was sufficiently disruptive and expansive that Mayor Thomas Menino’s felt obliged to ask residents to remain calm:

    “Urban Shield: Boston will run for a 24-hour period. As a result residents in the area may hear simulated gunfire, observe officers responding to simulated emergencies, or see activity in the Boston Harbor. Each scenario will be run multiple times, and organizers urge residents not to be alarmed.”

    …The drills are intended to be strikingly lifelike. Urban Shield has worked with Strategic Operations, a Hollywood effects company that also helps prepare army medics for the battlefield. (Their disaster scenario staff, Baker says, include an amputee.) With a generous helping of moulage, their drills aim to force officials to confront both the logistical and atmospheric challenges of a disaster.”

    Rick Nelson, National Counterterrorism Center veteran, & a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies:
    “A shelter-in-place of this magnitude is unheard of,” says Nelson, who could not think of a parallel occurrence in recent U.S. history. It might be the first time since the Watts Riots of 1965 that so large an urban area has been placed on lockdown.

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  • NotFooled

    Maybe when he gets out of jail he will have learned his lesson and not hang out with terrorists.

    • furtive

      Not only ARE YOU FOOLED, YOU LACK WISDOM.

      IT IS DESLAURIERS, MUELLER, HOLDER, & aka OBAMA who are the DOMESTIC TERRORISTS.

      YOU’ve been sleeping.

      Dictators count in sleeping naive gullible citizen in order to overwhelm the system.

      Azamet had the offer to testify against JAHAR & make a deal. He refused. The girl did not. She testified & made a deal.

      JAHAR is not the terrorist. Don’t believe the reporters. They rad the FBI transmitted TALKING POINTS & LEAKS, VERY MUCH LIKE NNCY PELOSI.

      WAKE UP!

      YOU ARE LOSING YOUR COUNTRY IN S BLINK OF AN EYE….

      LOOK UP EMILE ZOLA: “J’accuse”

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