Feds Rethinking Tsarnaev Charges

    FILE - This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. A court official says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the bombings, is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)


    It may not be long before the country hears more from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Preliminary talks have been under way “for the past few days” to strike a deal that would allow him to avoid the death penalty if he resumes providing information to investigators, government sources told CNN. But lawyers on both sides are far from reaching a clean agreement, and a Justice Department official said it was inaccurate to suggest they were negotiating a penalty. The news comes with the appointment of a prominent American defense lawyer, Judy Clarke, who is known for successfully helping some of the country’s most high-profile criminals avoid the death penalty.

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