ACLU Jumps Into Dzhokhar Sixth Amendment 'Right to Counsel' Motion, Opposes SAMsSubmitted by Sue4theBillofrights on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 17:22
Isolation and limited lawyer contact: the new normal. Right to counsel includes right to proclaim your innocence, through your attorneys, as the prosecution is releasing jury-tainting hit pieces to the media.
ACLU files court doc opposing restrictions on Boston bombing suspect
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) filed court documents Wednesday, Nov. 6, in support of defense lawyers for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, asking the courts to relax certain restrictions they say are unconstitutional.
The restrictions – called “Special Administrative Measures” – confine Tsarnaev to a solitary cell and limit outside contact to only pre-screened attorneys and immediate family. Tsarnaev can’t call or send a letter to more than one adult parent or sibling per week. He cannot communicate with the media, participate in group prayer services inside his detention facility, and he can’t communicate with other inmates in any way.
But, defense lawyers and the ACLUM say the most onerous restriction is the one placed on the defense counsel itself. The Special Administrative Measures prohibit defense attorneys from releasing any information to a third party except “for the sole purpose of preparing the inmate’s defense – and not for any other reason.”
Attorneys must also submit all materials to the Bureau of Prisons before discussing them with Tsarnaev to ensure the materials are related to Tsarnaev’s defense. The defense team and the ACLUM say those restrictions on the defense team are unconstitutional... MORE http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x529848861/ACLU-fi...