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Boston bombing: Jury deliberating in case against Tsarnaev friend
Boston bombing: Jury deliberating in case against Tsarnaev friend

A federal jury was to begin its first full day of deliberations Thursday in an obstruction of justice and conspiracy case against a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  During closing arguments Wednesday, the defense told the jury that Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, was being prosecuted because he was a “friend of the bomber.” Prosecutors countered that he was an active participant in a plan to protect Tsarnaev by removing altered fireworks and other items from his dorm room. The 2013 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his elder brother, Tamerlan, are responsible not only for the bombing but for the...

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