Hi! Yes, a few people are writing Matanov. I’ve corresponded with him a few times already. He’s a very intelligent kind person but he is having a hard time in solitary especially since his family is so far away and he helped to provide for them. He really appreciates the support and it keeps him going.
Doc 427; Tsarnaev Motion for Setting of Firewall Procedures
They should be free on my scribd. I get them from PACER and sometimes Baby Blake posts them on the site http://thebostonmarathonbombings.weebly.com
The exhibits are a bit trickier to get bc all the people that I’ve emailed or called say that you need a media pass.
You can search any federal case on PACER, yes!
Lol no! I’m just more on twitter and FB groups :)
Doc 418; Tsarnaev Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to File Reply to Change of Venue 071514
Doc 417; Tsarnaev Motion for Leave to File a Reply to Government Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Change of Venue 071514
Doc 28; Matanov Joint Initial Status Report 071014
A Russian friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the deceased suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is accusing federal agents of unfairly locking him up in connection with immigration problems after he refused their request that he wear a wire and secretly tape a conversation with a close friend who also knew Tsarnaev.
In a telephone interview from Plymouth County Jail, where he has been detained for the past three weeks, Konstantin Morozov, 28, said the agents also suggested that if he cooperated with their plan, his application for political asylum — which had been rejected in 2012 but was awaiting the last of two appeals — might be approved.
“You have an opportunity to stay and live in this country if you do this,” Morozov quoted one of the agents as saying.
Longtime immigration lawyers say it is highly unusual for federal agents to detain someone who has an appeal pending on an asylum case. In a court filing Friday, immigration officials say they now want the right to deport him.
Officials from the US attorney’s office, as well as the FBI and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have declined to respond to the Globe’s questions about the circumstances around the detention of Morozov.
The allegations from Morozov come as the public is learning more about the FBI’s intense and widespread investigation into the April 15, 2013 bombing that goes beyond identifying Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, as the suspected masterminds of the attack that killed three and injured more than 260. Dzhokhar, 20, is awaiting trial in the federal prison at Fort Devens and faces the possibility of the death penalty.
Agents have interrogated many friends of the brothers, looking for co-conspirators or additional evidence against the Tsarnaevs. Like the Tsarnaevs, the friends are Russian speakers from former Soviet republics who often socialized with each other in the Boston area, and they insist they knew nothing about the bombing plot. Still, some have faced charges of obstructing the investigation or have been confronted with immigration violations.
Federal authorities are not saying whether these actions against the friends are strategic moves, designed to scare them into revealing deeper incriminating knowledge they might have related to the bombing. However, some immigration lawyers see only selective punishment of vulnerable immigrants, which only discourages others in their communities from working cooperatively with law enforcement.
“It’s overreaching. It also damages the possibility of other people coming forward,” said Carlos Estrada, a longtime Boston immigration lawyer representing Morozov.
Three weeks ago, a Quincy cab driver from Kyrgyzstan who befriended Tamerlan was arrested for allegedly making false statements to the FBI, including failing to give the full facts around a dinner he shared with the Tsarnaev brothers on the evening of the bombing, and erasing some files from his computer. His attorney said, however, that his client, Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, initiated the first contact with police after the bombing and has tried overall to be cooperative.
Complaints of unfair treatment have also come from the former live-in girlfriend of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of Tamerlan’s who was shot and killed by an FBI agent during an interrogation about the bombing and an unsolved 2011 triple homicide in Waltham. Tatiana Gruzdeva said she was unfairly deported last fall after speaking to the news media about the shooting of Todashev. She said she had overstayed her visa, but last August was granted a stay of another year in this country. But Gruzdeva said that privilege was yanked after her media interviews, and federal authorities sent her back to Russia.
Morozov’s immigration troubles began on the morning of May 30, the same day that the Quincy cab driver was arrested. Morozov, a native of Uzbekistan, said he was on his way to his job as a livery driver when he was approached outside his Allston home around 6 a.m. by two federal agents. He recalls one FBI agent introducing himself as Jay, and a Homeland Security agent saying he was Jeff. Morozov asked if they could talk after his work shift, but the agents insisted they speak right away.
Morozov said he felt the interview could wait because he already had been approached by the FBI and had spoken to them about Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He said he spoke to the FBI once during a face-to-face interview shortly after the bombings, and in two subsequent telephone interviews. Morozov said he told the agents he knew him socially from 2006 to 2009, and had only one brief phone conversation with him since then, in 2011.
Morozov said he met Tamerlan Tsarnaev through other Russian-speaking friends living in the Boston area. They socialized a few times a week for several years until 2009, and he said that Tsarnaev was then a fun-loving, pot-smoking aspiring boxer who was not at all political or religious.
But according to Morozov, the FBI had a new agenda when the agent approached him a few weeks ago. In a conversation that took place in Morozov’s living room on the morning of May 30, which lasted about 30 or 40 minutes, Morozov said, he answered the agents’ questions about, among other things, his income and bank account.
He said the agents then asked if he would wear a wire and arrange to speak to a Chechen friend of his — a man who apparently had received a phone call from Tamerlan Tsarnaev a day or so before the bombings, but never picked up the call, Morozov said. The Chechen friend, who has been interrogated before by the FBI, allegedly has insisted he knew nothing about the bombing plot. When asked about wearing the wire, Morozov said he told the agents, “I don’t want to do it.”
Sarah Wunsch, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts who is advising the Chechen man, would not discuss why the FBI is interested in him. She asked that his name not be publicized because she said he is innocent of any wrongdoing, and publicity about the FBI targeting him would cause him to lose his job.
Wunsch insisted that this Chechen man, who is in his late 20s, is a law-abiding citizen of the United States, and obtained political asylum a few years ago. She said he has been fully cooperative with federal agents, and she believes that this man — like some other Tsarnaev friends who have been questioned — is the victim of overzealous investigators.
Wunsch said the repeated interrogations by the FBI within the local Chechen and Muslim communities have caused many to live in fear of unfair persecution.
“These are FBI agents turning up on their doorsteps multiple times,” she said.
When Morozov refused to cooperate against his Chechen friend, he said he was told by the agents that he was going to be detained on immigration issues. He said this is the first time he has been detained or arrested since coming to the United States in May 2006 on a student visa.
Morozov’s bid for political asylum — which has so far been unsuccessful — also has a Chechen connection. After arriving here at the age of 20 and attending the ASC English School in Boston, he applied for asylum based on his allegation that, while a teenager in Russia, he had many friends who were ethnic Chechens, and due to the historical animosity between Russians and Chechens, he suffered beatings and persecutions.
But his asylum case was rejected in 2012, and an immigration court appeals board also rejected his case in March. The board found that Morozov did not show enough basis of past or future persecution in Russia, despite his alleged fears of what might happen to him “on account of his imputed political opinion as a Chechen sympathizer,” according to records.
Morozov has one final appeal left before a federal judge, and he had been assured, through a court order, that he would not be deported until that ruling came down. But, on Friday, immigration authorities asked the courts for the right to deport him immediately.
His lawyer, Estrada, who is fighting Morozov’s deportation, said his client’s treatment is unusual. He and other immigration lawyers said that, while the courts cannot promise that someone will not be detained while awaiting an appeal, it happens rarely unless the individual is considered a public threat. They say the government does not typically want to spend the money to keep someone in a lockup if they are living safely in the United States.
“It is unusual to detain someone if his petition is still pending,” said Boston immigration lawyer, Kerry Doyle.
This is fucking insane now. Imagine how many other people they’ve done this to.
(CNN) — Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Wednesday asked that the federal trial of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber be moved to Washington, D.C.
In a motion filed with U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, lawyers for Tsarnaev, 20, claimed that the defense team’s own venue survey revealed an “overwhelming presumption of guilt” in the state, prejudgment as to the potential penalty — the prosecution is seeking the death penalty — and an “extraordinary high number” of potential jurors who either attended or participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon or know someone who did.
Prosecutors said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother planted bombs at the finish line of the 2013 race. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during the manhunt that paralyzed Boston in the day the blasts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200 in the attacks.
Defense lawyers said the “publicity, tremendous local impact and galvanizing community reaction” forced a change of venue in case against Timothy McVeigh, who was executed for his role in the 1995Oklahoma City bombing that took 168 lives.
"The community impact here is even greater than that present in McVeigh, given that the bombings occurred at the Boston Marathon on the day thousands of Bostonians and others from the region gathered to celebrate the runners, the Red Sox, and Patriots Day, the indelible fear that friends and family could have been killed or injured, the trauma experienced by those in the region for four more days while the police sought the perpetrators, and the hundreds of thousands of Boston area residents who sheltered in place during the climactic final day of the search,” the motion said. “If a change of venue was warranted in McVeigh, it is even more compelled by the facts presented here.”
Defense lawyers surveyed the Southern District of New York in Manhattan and the federal court district in Washington, both of which are “reasonably close, accessible to witnesses and interested persons, and able to logistically accommodate a trial of this magnitude,” the motion said. Washington would be the more favorable location, it added.
In Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts, the survey found that 57.9 % and 51.7 % of the respondents, respectively, said they believed the defendant was guilty, compared to 47.9 % and 37.4% for Manhattan and Washington. In addition, 37 % of the respondents in Boston and 35 % in Springfield believed Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty.
Defense lawyers asked the court for more time to study the issue before the November trial date.
Also on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Tsarnaev’s alleged “betrayal” of the United States was an aggravating factor for seeking the death penalty against him.
A defense motion accused prosecutors of trying to use the suspect’s foreign birth and immigration to imply that he was “more blameworthy, and more deserving of severe punishment” than a native-born person who commits the identical crime.
The government has said that part of Tsarnaev’s motive “was to provide aid and comfort to America’s enemies.” Prosecutors also said that after Tsarnaev received asylum from the United States, he “enjoyed the freedoms of a United States citizen; and then betrayed his allegiance to the United States” by killing and maiming its people, according to court filing.
O’Toole agreed with the defense, saying that drawing a distinction between naturalized and natural born citizens was “highly inappropriate.”
ELECTRONIC Clerk’s Notes for proceedings held before Judge George A. OToole, Jr: Status Conference as to Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev held on 6/18/2014.
-Defendant’s Motion to Strike 279 is GRANTED.
-Defendant’s Motion to Produce Grand Jury Instructions and Strike Capital Special Findings 288 is DENIED.
-Defendants Motion for a Hearing and Appropriate Relief Concerning Leaks and Public Comments 280 is DENIED.
-Discussion was held regarding deadlines for the parties various disclosures. The Court will issue a written order setting forth such deadlines, as well as an order on the Defendants Motion for Jury Records 305 .
-Government’s Motion to Exclude Time under the Speedy Trial Act from 7/10/13 to 6/18/14 370 is GRANTED. The Court GRANTS the government’s oral motion to exclude time from 6/18/14 until 8/14/14 for the same reasons presented in the written motion.
(Status Conference set for 8/14/2014 10:00 AM in Courtroom 9 before Judge George A. OToole Jr.) (Attorneys present: For Government: Nadine Pellegrini, Aloke Chakravarty, William Weinreb; For Defendant: Judy Clarke, David Bruck, Miriam Conrad, Timothy Watkins.)Court Reporter Name and Contact or digital recording information: Marcia Patrisso (617-737-8728). (Lyness, Paul) (Entered: 06/18/2014)"
New questions have emerged surrounding a decorated Boston cop’s encounter with alleged Boston marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Officer Dennis O. Simmonds, 28, was said to have suffered a severe head injury when the suspects threw an explosive device at him during the Watertown shoot-out of Friday, April 19 2013.Police Report ObtainedA Police Incident Report first obtained by WCVB news explains how Officer Simmonds responded to an incident in Watertown at 11.40pm on Thursday, April 18 2013.
During the ’explosive device’ incident Officer Simmonds received injuries to his left hand, back and ankle. He also suffered blurred vision, the police report says.
However, the shoot-out in Watertown did not begin until 12.45am, over an hour after Officer Simmonds initially responded, according to the report.
The report does not detail how Officer Simmonds was injured, makes no mention of explosives, and does not explain what occurred during the hour prior to the shoot-out.
It was filed by Sergeant David S Gavin of the Boston Police Department on May 1st 2013, almost two weeks after the shoot-out which also saw MBTA Transit Officer Richard Donahue injured in a friendly fire incident.
Further DetailsThe report says Officer Simmonds was transported to Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Centre by a Boston EMS unit and treated by a ‘Dr Lee’ for his injuries. He was sent home with anti-inflammatory drugs and benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders.
After being advised to follow up any further problems with his primary care doctor, he was relieved of his duty by Sergeant Dennis C. Cogavin of the Boston Police Department. It was four weeks before he returned to active service.
Officer Simmonds responded to the incident accompanied by three colleagues, Officers Jean Gerard Jean-Louis, Gregory McCormick and Gregory R. Eunis. All were nominated for a ‘Top Cop Award’ by the National Association of Police Organizations and were recently honoured at a White House ceremony for their efforts in response to the shoot-out.Officer Simmonds deathOfficer Dennis O. Simmonds died on duty in April 2014, a year after the marathon bombings and subsequent shoot-out. He suffered a ‘medical emergency’ during a lunch break work-out and attempts to resuscitate him failed.
No autopsy was performed and no cause of death has ever been released.
In a statement released at the time the Boston Police Department wrote:" It is with deep regret that the Boston Police Department announces the passing away of on-duty Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds. Officer Simmonds was a highly decorated and beloved member of the Boston Police Department.
Officer Simmonds will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and all members of the Department.”Given the circumstances, is it too much to ask that the Boston Police Department gets its facts straight?
The Department did not respond to requests for comment.