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Pause at time of bombings

The area around the blast sites, declared a crime scene, will reopen soon. / NICOLAUS CZARNECKI, METRO

Bombing suspect charged in hospital bed Suspect. A magistrate judge stood by as Tsarnaev was charged yesterday. Federal prosecutors charged badly wounded Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his hospital bed yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that could result in the death penalty, officials said. “Although our investigation is ongoing, today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston, and for our country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

Tsarnaev, 19, was also charged with malicious destruction of property resulting in death. Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen college student suspected of carrying out the attacks with his older brother, was unable to speak after he was captured with throat injuries sustained during shootouts with police. The fact that he was charged indicated the previously sedated defendant was communicative because the magistrate judge would have to be satisfied he was aware of the proceedings. Police previously declined to comment on media reports he was communicating with authorities in writing.


Victims being treated after the bombings / GETTY IMAGES



The case. Boston bomb prosecutor is known for tough record on crime As the top federal law enforcer in Massachusetts, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz has taken heat for being tough to a fault and coming down too hard on some defendants. But as she builds a possible death-penalty case against suspected bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the unflinching approach that earned her opponents in the past could become a legal asset for the biggest

The city of Boston paused at 2:50 p.m. yesterday to mark the moment a week ago when the two bombs made of pressure cookers and packed with nails and ball bearings tore through the crowd. In the days that followed, investigators

examining thousands of images from surveillance video, media coverage and spectators taking pictures were able to pick out two men as suspects, later identified as the Tsarnaev brothers. Police said the suspects made enough additional bombs for them to believe that more attacks were planned.

case of her career, according to attorneys who have faced off against her. “The criticism lately has been that they’ve overcharged some people and been overly harsh,” said Peter Elikann, a Boston defense attorney. “I don’t think that’s relevant for Tsarnaev because no one is going to accuse any prosecutor of making too big a deal out of this case.” REUTERS

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