San Diego lawyer to defend Boston bombing suspect

San Diego lawyer to defend Boston bombing suspect

[trib_ndn vid=24778947]SAN DIEGO — A federal judge Monday appointed prominent San Diego defense lawyer Judy Clarke to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Judy ClarkeClarke has represented Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; Eric Rudolph, the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber, and Jared Lee Loughner, who pleaded guilty in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting that killed six and left then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded.

Clarke has earned praise  for leading internal negotiations with prosecutors to take the death penalty off the table in favor of the defendant pleading guilty and getting a life sentence.

Some legal experts said the best legal strategy for Tsarnaev’s defense team would be “delay, delay, delay” as long as possible, given the public outrage at the crimes the defendant is alleged to have committed. The defendant’s lawyers are expected to waive the “speedy trial” requirement to give them time to prepare would could be a lengthy criminal trial…

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