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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attorneys seek to have multiple charges dismissed

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev attorneys seek to have charges dismissed
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According to an article published by The Washington Times on March 1, attorneys for the man accused of bombing spectators at the 2013 Boston Marathon are seeking to have a of the charges filed against him dropped.

The Washington Times reports that attorneys for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev filed a motion on Friday to have a number of the 30 charges Tsarnaev is facing dismissed. Tsarnaev's attorneys say that many of the charges against their client are repetitive, and could possibly sway the jurors in the case. They added that many of the charges are capital charges, which could “put a thumb on the scales of justice in favor of the death penalty.”

Officials say that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted and detonated two crock pot bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013. The double blasts killed three people and injured more than 250 others.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in an altercation with police days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested and faces 30 charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, and with malicious destruction of property resulting in death.

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