Tsarnaev: The Best Defense Your Tax Money Can Buy….

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 2Odd mixes of irony surrounding the Boston Bombers.   After information came out that taxpayers had funded their endeavors; providing welfare, food stamps, child care and housing assistance, tuition and possibly unemployment benefits, we now provide the best defense money can buy.

We know Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has the benefit of the most Islamist Sensitive Judge, Marianne Bowler, who has guest lectured in Kuwait 1997, and even in Egypt [2012] after the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and their candidate, now President, Morsi.

So it should come as no surprise the most skilled, well-versed, prolific and successful public defender of all things Jihadist would be hand-picked to represent Tsarnaev.

Associated Press […] The team that will be led by Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, got a major boost Monday with the addition of prominent San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent Judy Clarke. Not that Conrad is considered any slouch.

“She is as tenacious as they come,” said Joshua Levy, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Boston who has gone up against Conrad in federal court. “I always found her to be very smart and focused on whatever she perceived as chinks in the armor in the government’s case. She would zone in on that.”

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, a crime that carries a potential death sentence. He lies in a prison hospital after being wounded in a shootout with police as he and his brother made a getaway attempt. Tamerlan Tsarneav, 26, was killed.

Conrad is preparing for what’s expected to be a long and complicated legal process. Although federal law entitles to at least one lawyer with experience in death penalty cases, Conrad asked for two.

She got Clarke but was denied a second — David Bruck, a professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. He has directed the school’s death penalty defense clinic since 2004.

The suspect’s lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penalty expert if he is indicted, the judge said. That’s when prosecutors could add new charges. Prosecutors have 30 days to indict him.

Northampton, Mass., lawyer David Hoose described Clarke as “simply the best.”

“She has an ability to relate to people who are charged with these horrific, horrific crimes and to humanize them, to portray them as human beings to the government and to a jury,” said Hoose, who has represented several people accused of capital crimes, including Kristen Gilbert, a former veterans hospital nurse who killed four patients by overdosing them with medicine. Gilbert was spared the death penalty.

Conrad, 56, is among three federal defenders in her office who will represent Tsarnaev and would not talk about how she will defend him. Lawyers who have handled capital cases say the team’s first priority will likely be to persuade prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table.

Tamar Birckhead, a former federal public defender who represented shoe bomber Richard Reid, said the public safety exception cited by authorities allows investigators to question a suspect on a focused and limited basis when police or the public may be in immediate danger.

“It seems inevitable if the case is going to be litigated and not resolved in a negotiated plea, then (Conrad) will bring a motion to suppress and try to argue that the government went beyond the public safety exception or didn’t craft questions that were limited enough to fit within that exception,” said Birckhead, now an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

“Then they’ll see what a judge decides,” she said.

Experts say Conrad is also almost certain to try to suppress statements Tsarnaev allegedly made to investigators before he was advised of his constitutional right to remain silent and seek a lawyer.

Tsarnaev admitted his role in the bombings, saying that he and his brother were angry about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there, officials said.

Conrad has spent her entire legal career as a public defender, first for the state, and for the past 21 years as a federal defender. Before going to Harvard Law School, she worked for the Kansas City Times and as a crime reporter for The Miami Herald.

In court, Conrad is aggressive and feisty without being histrionic. Prosecutors who have gone up against her say she is a fierce advocate who takes advantage of any missteps by her opponents. Judges also respect her.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Smith recalled attending a seminar several years ago when a panel of judges was asked by a lawyer how he should handle himself in federal court.

“One of the judges said, ‘Do what Miriam does. Watch Miriam; do what she does,'” Smith said.

She won an acquittal in 2004 for a Saudi biomedical engineer who was charged after three sparklers were found in his luggage at Boston’s Logan Airport. She argued he didn’t realize the sparklers were in his luggage. After he was acquitted, Conrad questioned why the case wasn’t resolved by Customs agents.

“Knowing how credible he is, I wonder why it didn’t stop there,” she said. “This guy is no more a terrorist than Pope John Paul.”

In the case of Rezwan Ferdaus, a Massachusetts man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon with remote-controlled model planes, Conrad suggested his plot was just a fantasy fueled by mental health problems. Ferdaus received a 17-year sentence after pleading guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and other charges.

In a 2006 interview with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Conrad said she does not see her clients in one-dimensional terms.

“From a personal standpoint, I would say that there are very few clients I have had who I didn’t like,” she said.

“If you scratch the surface, many have had difficult lives, and, as their lawyer, I sort of see them whole — not just as a person charged with a crime,” she said. “No one has ever stood up for them, and that is a very powerful, emotional thing,” she said.

Clarke’s clients have included the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, who drowned her two children; Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph; and most recently Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty.  (read more)

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19 Responses to Tsarnaev: The Best Defense Your Tax Money Can Buy….

  1. texan59 says:

    I do not like one thing this PD stands for. That being said, it is always wise to step back and give give grudging respect where due. This does however expose even further the seedy underbelly of what I would term “publicity-seeking attorneys”. Sound familiar?

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  2. popeye's brand spinach says:

    This would never have happened under GW Bush. Murderers of innocent Americans here and abroad at US establishments is the new norm under the charlatan Oslime and Eric Holder. It’s gone too far.

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  3. popeye's brand spinach says:

    “If you scratch the surface, many have had difficult lives, and, as their lawyer, I sort of see them whole — not just as a person charged with a crime,” she said. “No one has ever stood up for them, and that is a very powerful, emotional thing,” she said.

    Well, Madam Conrad, if you feel so strongly about it, then do it on your own time and money. And how about defending the murdered live born babies at Gosnell and other abortionists’ clinics? ***crickets***. The freak Jatsar partied and joked the boston victims were cooked after he blew up a bomb full of nails and ball bearings. Martin the young boy was purposely targetted as a child. Pity is not what we need to show. Blah, blah, blah, is all I hear when I hear Madam Conrad speak. He better not be acquitted. A life sentence is too easy. He better be sentenced to hard work, something he apparently knows nothing about. His mother too should be charged. You could see how Zuba put on a tantrum about how she should never have moved to America and then smiled duplicitously. It was scary.

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  4. kinthenorthwest says:

    Why do i have the feeling that this will end up costing our country Millions if not BIllions of dollars in just Lawyers’ Fees alone before its over..
    When did our country change to the point where we put out this kind of money for those who cannot pay…

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  5. Your headline and beginning reminded me of an excellent article in the Counter Jihad Report, “Aid or Jizya?” (If I put a link in here, it will probably kick me into the spam folder – but that blog is here on WordPress.) The article talks of the purposeful taking of public funds as the means that Islamists take “taxes” from infidels in lieu of their persecution and/or death. Of course, sooner or later there will be conversion, persecution, or death. Anyway, this prosecutor takes things too far, yes, in not acknowledging – at least publicly – that there is no reason for a person to turn to violence of this sort just because they have issues. People choose to murder and main, or not. Why not try and grieve for, and understand, the victims? It’s like our culture glorifies violence over just being a good human, a good citizen, anymore. But yes, it’s just sickening that these guys took took took from out country, and just fed themselves on hate. This younger one could have done so much with his life, having more than most Americans that were born here. He should no nervousness, disgust, or remorse at his actions, so why feel sorry for him in any way? It’s just unfathomable and disgusting. Still, we are to pray to God for him; all have sinned and we are all potentially savable.

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  6. tara says:

    I wish pussy Tsarnaev would just hang himself and put an end to this nonsense.

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  7. czarowniczy says:

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”

    Launching from that point, there’s been a deluge of ‘leaks’ trying to make this investigation go some way, if not away, since the first cooking pot blew and they are still going on. The POtuS did a long-winded song and dance this morning when asked about the Joker, amounting to a lotta white noise that answered noting but fueled suspicions that Barry’s trying to bury it. Rumors abound that the POtuS and his band of flying monkeys are pushing DARPA to get that time machine project flying so they can go back and plant the body of a dead, NASCAR t-shirt wearing, white guy with a Glen Beck hat on in the boat but so far it’s a no-go. I’m interested in finding out how the Administration’s going to make sure Russia buries information on the boy’s Russian adventure so that the press doesn’t find any smoking guns. So far potentially damaging info is dripping out but at a rate where it won’t cause too much of a stir in the public. The Russians are far better at wringing out information than the FBI is and I’m betting they have a lot of stuff the Administration wants but doesn’t want made public. For their help in burying the embarrassing stuff the Russians are going to want a big favor – something in a Syrian flavor perhaps? Let’s see what we get here – either the POtuS has the judge go easy on The Joker and risk public ire and a backlash or he lets him be sentenced to death and POs the far Left and a lot of the Muslim world. I doubt that the prospect of a life sentence where our boy could have an epiphany and start talking years down the road seems palatable to the POtuS but that may be his only option and all he really has to do is keep Joker from giving press interviews long enough for the lying liberal historians to write his legend.

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    • Hanna says:

      I do hope you are wrong this time, I am so tired of Obama and his minions getting away with murder because of the media.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Well, after a number false starts, looks like Mullah Obama is going to do a full court press and bring the terrs up here. After he puts them into the criminal system vice the military system they’ll get food from halal kitchens, Muslim library privileges, exercise courts, expensive publicly-paid liars … sorry “lawyers’…, full Constitutional coverage regarding questioning and a ‘fair sheik…errr shake. Those people detained for murdering and/or planning to murder US citizens will get better treatment from the POtuS than do homeless veterans on our public streets. I’m waiting for him to start the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Muslims and have someone like Streisand holding a Keane-eyed failed suicide bomber in her lap as soft music plays and she tries to get some gullible liberal to adopt it

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  8. videosavant says:

    I hope he has an excellent defense. So excellent that he is acquitted, either on a technicality or by a jury.

    Then he can be released, his passport revoked, and we’ll see how long he can walk around as a “free man.” Frankly, this is not just our best hope of justice being done — it is the only hope.

    Otherwise, Speed “Bump” Racer will die in prison of old age.

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