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Prosecutors Don't Want Tsarnaev To See Victim Photos

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on trial for last year's attacks at the Boston Marathon. Prosecutors want to restrict his right to view victim's pictures.
Posted at 8:42 AM, Mar 18, 2014

 Prosecutors don't want Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, or the man known as the alleged Boston Bomber, to see his victim's pictures.

"They say allowing Tsarnaev to see photos of the three people killed in last years bomb attack on the marathon would vioate the victim's privacy and subject them to needless harm and suffering." (Via Al Jazeera)

“Prosecutors only want him to be able to view photos used during trial, not be able to see any photos that are not used.” (Via NECN)

“‘Allowing photos of the mutilated bodies of the victims to be viewed by the man accused of mutilating them would needlessly revictimize the family members in the same way that innocent children who are photographed pornographically are revictimized whenever those photos are seen by others.’


Prosecutors are citing the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which states victims have:​ “The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.” (Via United States Department of Justice)

Tsarnaev was charged with killing four people. According to The Washington Post, Tsarnaev is facing a 30-count indictment, and was charged with using, “a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property.” (Via The Washington Post)

 “Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty and his trial is now set for November.” (Via WFLD)


Defense attorneys have not yet responded to the prosecution’s request about the photos. Prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty.