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Judge Rejects Defense Bid To Photograph Tsarnaev

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File photo of FBI shot of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

File photo of FBI shot of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (credit: FBI via Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — A judge has rejected a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who want to take periodic photos of him in prison.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler denied the request Friday, saying the Fort Devens prison where Tsarnaev is housed has a policy against visitors bringing cameras.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued the photos could provide evidence on the voluntariness of his statements and be used in an argument to mitigate his sentence.

Bowler says prison officials may take photos of Tsarnaev but the pictures would not be reserved only for his lawyers as they requested.

The 19-year-old Tsarnaev is charged in the April 15 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260.

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