Judge denies release of defense costs for marathon bomber
BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a motion by The Boston Globe to disclose the amount of taxpayer money used to pay for the defense of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Judge George O’Toole Jr. ruled Friday that the release of the defense costs should not be made until after Tsaranev’s appeal is decided.
Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death last year for his role in the 2013 bombings.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs detonated by Tsarnaev and his brother exploded near the marathon finish line.
O’Toole wrote that federal law calls for the amounts paid for the defense in capital cases to be disclosed publicly after the case is over. He said Tsarnaev’s case won’t be considered over until his direct appeal is decided.