Chicago partner Dan Collins was quoted in an article titled, ‘Trial of friend of Boston Bombing Suspect: a Deterrent?’ in The Christian Science Monitor.
The first trial relating to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings began this Monday. The friend of the surviving suspect, Azamat Tazhayakov, faces allegations that he obstructed justice and conspired to dispose of evidence related to the murderous explosions – federal charges that could put him away for 25 years.
Azamat is one of two acquaintances of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who connected Dzhokhar to the bombings and sought to dispose of a laptop computer and a backpack filled with fireworks canisters that the pair found in the suspect's dorm room, prosecutors charge. The bombings killed three people and injured 264 others.
Dan explained why Azamat’s trial is so important: “The prosecution of those accused of aiding and abetting is incredibly important in stemming attacks such as this. One of the ways to defeat and prevent attacks is to go after those who would provide assistance to the actors, the bomb throwers themselves. It’s a very important part of the strategy in combating terrorism.”
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