Lawyers defending bombing suspect amid furloughs

AP News
Posted: Apr 24, 2013 1:21 PM

The lawyers defending Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) are dealing with federal budget cuts that are forcing them to take three unpaid weeks off, even as they prepare a defense for the high-profile case.

The office of federal defender Miriam Conrad in Boston has been appointed to represent Tsarnaev. The office must complete the furloughs before the end of September because of cuts of around 10 percent.

Furloughs have caused delays in another terror-related case in New York. A public defender representing Osama bin Laden's son-in-law told a judge this month that furloughs were making it impossible to prepare for trial quickly. The judge said he found it "extremely troublesome" and "stunning" that sequestration was interfering with the prosecution.