In Boston Marathon Bomb Case, Resources Aren't Equal

Sequestration cuts could leave suspect's defense outmatched.

, The National Law Journal


The Boston Marathon bombings case promises to be a high-profile spectacle. Every move prosecuting and defense attorneys make will be subject to searing media analysis and second-guessing. The death penalty could be on the table. To all that add another complication: the federal budgetary sequestration.

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  • Spook

    How wonderful that the prison industrial complex lackeys will not face any sequester reductions. Not to mention that they have all that free time since they can't be bothered to prosecute wall street clowns or bankers of any sort.

    Sieg heil!

  • JLeslie

    Admittedly I haven't practiced criminal law since 1981 but one thing stands out concerning the sequestration furloughs. This will likely cause delays in bringing the case to trial. How will the speedy trial rules effect the matter? This is a serious concern both in this case and every other case pending in the federal courts.

  • GWA1225

    There was some disparity in ordnance between the bombers and the runners/spectators. Maybe it all evens out.

  • mmiddle

    Why did the fpd office ask to defend him if they were facing sequestration cuts? How is private defense counsel recruited and paid in other cases, like the Giffords or Aurora shootings?

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