Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of interfering with the FBI’s investigation of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A lawyer for Azamat Tazhayakov has told a jury that Tazhayakov never tried to protect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and was prosecuted simply because he was “a friend of the bomber.”
In a written motion, Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked a judge to give them more time to present an expert’s analysis of survey data and media coverage of the case to support their argument that Tsarnaev cannot get a fair trial in Massachusetts.
The federal judge presiding over the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov will allow jurors to consider statements Tazhayakov made to the FBI.
Prosecutors in the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov rested their case Monday after a week of testimony. The defense also rested its case, declining to call any witnesses.
Lawyers for the friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are not saying whether they will call any witnesses. But the judge has told jurors they may begin deliberations Wednesday.
An FBI agent testified Thursday that friends of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev knew he had materials to build an explosive.
Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of interfering in the investigation of his college friend, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The testimony from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s former roommate, Andrew Dwinells, came during the trial of Azamat Tazhayakov, who is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev’s room after the bombings.
Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstructing the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings.
Some defense attorneys and others are criticizing the extent to which federal prosecutors have charged friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspects, who are not accused of participating in the attack or knowing about it in advance.
Azamat Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy for allegedly removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room several days after the deadly bombings.
A jury has been selected for the obstruction trial of Azamat Tazhayakov.
Azamat Tazhayakov is accused of removing items from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked for the jury records for Massachusetts federal courts over the past three years to determine whether a plan adopted in 2009 has corrected racial imbalances on juries.
Lawyers for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect have asked a judge to allow potential jurors to be questioned on their attitudes about Muslims and whether they know anyone who was injured in the deadly attack.
Federal prosecutors say neither Khairullozhon Matanov nor Azamat Tazhayakov had anything to do with the Boston Marathon bombings but are charged with interfering with the FBI’s investigation.