Prison limits on Boston bombing suspect are eased

Updated at: 12/03/2013 11:35 AM
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(AP) BOSTON - Federal prosecutors have eased limits on defense team visits to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv).

In court documents filed Tuesday, prosecutors say the restrictions have been modified to allow several additional people to visit Tsarnaev to help prepare his defense and report back to lawyers on the team. They include a paralegal, a mental health consultant and a specialist who will help the defense prepare arguments against the death penalty.

The mental health consultant and the specialist will be allowed to meet with Tsarnaev without a lawyer accompanying them.

Tsarnaev’s defense team had complained that special measures imposed on Tsarnaev impaired their ability to defend him.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty in the April 15 bombing, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.

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