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Well, color me shocked.

Posted by on May. 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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 http://news.yahoo.com/widow-boston-bomb-suspect-hires-criminal-lawyer-002553841.html

How do people like this, who get freaking food stamps, afford a prominent attorney?

 

 

 

Widow of Boston bomb suspect hires criminal lawyer

Associated PressBy MICHELLE R. SMITH | Associated Press - 18 hrs ago

  • FILE - This June 26, 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, shows Katherine Russell, after her arrest on shoplifting charges in Warwick. Charges were later dismissed. Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department, File)
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    Associated Press/Warwick Police Department, File - FILE - This June 26, 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, shows Katherine Russell, after her arrest ...more on shoplifting charges in Warwick. Charges were later dismissed. Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department, File)  less 

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  • FILE - This June 26, 2007 booking photo released by the Warwick, R.I., Police Department on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, shows Katherine Russell, after her arrest on shoplifting charges in Warwick. Charges were later dismissed. Russell, the widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities. (AP Photo/Warwick Police Department, File)View Photo

    FILE - This June 26, 2007 booking ...

  • FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file photo, Katherine Russell, widow of Boston Marathon bomber suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, right, leaves the law office of DeLuca and Weizenbaum with Amato DeLuca, in Providence, R.I. Russell has hired New York lawyer Joshua Dratel, a criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases, as she continues to face questions from federal authorities, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)View Photo

    FILE - In this April 29, 2013 file ...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The widow of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has hired a prominent criminal lawyer with experience defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from federal authorities.

Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal team, her attorney Amato DeLucasaid Wednesday. Dratel has represented a number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who attended an al-Qaida-linked training camp in Afghanistan.

"Mr. Dratel's unique, specialized experience will help insure that Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive way possible," DeLuca said in a written statement.

He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will continue to meet with investigators as "part of a series of meetings over many hours where she has answered questions."

Providence-based DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing Russell, who is from Rhode Island. They specialize in civil cases such as personal injury law.

An FBI spokeswoman wouldn't comment when asked Wednesday whether Russell is cooperating.

DeLuca has said Russell had no reason to suspect her husband and his younger brother in the deadly April 15 bombing.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens from southern Russia, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure cooker bombs near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260. Tamerlan was killed in a getaway attempt after a gunbattle with police. Dzhokhar was captured hiding in a tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb and was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the allegations against them are lies.

Russell, 24, married Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010, and they had been living in Cambridge, Mass., with their 2-year-old daughter when the bombing happened. Russell has been staying in her family's home in North Kingstown, just south of Providence, since her husband and brother-in-law were identified as suspects in the case.

Hicks, an Australian, spent more than five years at Guantanamo. He pleaded guilty in March 2007 and served a nine-month sentence in Australia.

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romalove
by SenseandSensibility on May. 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

They work for them for free.

It's cheap publicity.

erika9009
by Silver Member on May. 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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I would have if I were her just to protect myself from the "Let's see what sticks" method the Justice Dept could use. 

We all know Eric Holder and company are rather selective on who they go after.  (Black Panthers get a free pass)

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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on May. 9, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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I agree.

She needs representation, no matter her involvement.

Quoting erika9009:

I would have if I were her just to protect myself from the "Let's see what sticks" method the Justice Dept could use. 

We all know Eric Holder and company are rather selective on who they go after.  (Balck Panthers get a free pass)


JustCJ
by on May. 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

 I'm poor. I'd get a public defender...that's what I would have given to me. I agree she needs representation.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

She needs representation, no matter her involvement.

Quoting erika9009:

I would have if I were her just to protect myself from the "Let's see what sticks" method the Justice Dept could use. 

We all know Eric Holder and company are rather selective on who they go after.  (Balck Panthers get a free pass)


 

UpSheRises
by Silver Member on May. 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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If it was a high profile case like this attorneys would be coming out of the woodwork to represent you pro bono.  


Quoting JustCJ:

 I'm poor. I'd get a public defender...that's what I would have given to me. I agree she needs representation.

Quoting Sisteract:

I agree.

She needs representation, no matter her involvement.

Quoting erika9009:

I would have if I were her just to protect myself from the "Let's see what sticks" method the Justice Dept could use. 

We all know Eric Holder and company are rather selective on who they go after.  (Balck Panthers get a free pass)


 


 

blues_pagan
by on May. 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM
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It is called Pro-Bono work.

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on May. 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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I loved his work with Cher.

Quoting blues_pagan:

It is called Pro-Bono work.


 

JustCJ
by on May. 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

 The article said she hired him. I didn't see where it said he was doing it Pro-Bono.

Quoting blues_pagan:

It is called Pro-Bono work.

 

blues_pagan
by on May. 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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Quoting JustCJ:

 The article said she hired him. I didn't see where it said he was doing it Pro-Bono.

Quoting blues_pagan:

It is called Pro-Bono work.

 

hired doesn't necessarily mean she is paying him.  She could have still hired him as a pro-bono lawyer since I am sure she was given many offers from many other lawyers.

ashellbell
by Bronze Member on May. 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM
I would do the same thing. She's a Muslim woman whose husband committed an act of terror, people were pointing fingers at her from the moment she was introduced to the public.
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