BOSTON -- Boston bombing suspect
Tsarnaev has been held in solitary confinement, his communications with the outside world restricted. His lawyers and the
On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney's office said it had modified some of the measures placed on Tsarnaev, though to a much lesser degree than lawyers had wanted. The government now will allow two investigators and a paralegal to disseminate information about Tsarnaev to third parties. Defense lawyers had argued that the restrictions on disseminating information about Tsarnaev's case to people working on the case were too restrictive, and prevented them from doing their jobs. The government will also allow a mental health consultant and a "mitigation specialist" to meet with Tsarnaev without attorneys present.
Defense lawyers had also asked for the government to share more of its pretrial investigations, including the immigration history of Tsarnaev's family and all evidence related to a Sept. 11, 2011, triple homicide in Waltham, Mass., but Judge George O'Toole denied much of this motion last week.
The defendant "essentially seeks access to the government's information haystack because he is confident there are useful evidentiary needles to be found there," O'Toole wrote in his ruling. "This is simply not enough to trigger a disclosure obligation."
O'Toole said he would allow Tsarnaev's lawyers audio recordings and transcripts of phone calls from Tsarnaev's holding facility in Devens, Mass.