Lawyers for Boston bombing suspect want prison restrictions eased

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BOSTON, MA – The surviving Brother Tsarnaev wants to get out of his jail cell and pray, but the attorney general is saying ‘no way.’

A memo from Attorney General Eric holder says that after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tameran set off their bombs at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar got rid of a detonator and smashed his cell phones.

According to Holder, Tamerlan made additional bombs after the marathon blasts, and Dzhokhar said he was committed to jihad and hoped his actions would inspire others.

Holder’s memo also said the brothers were inspired by radicalized American Anwar Awlaki, killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Holder’s memo was part of the government’s response to a motion by Tsnarnaev’s lawyers asking the court to ease up on his detention conditions, which they describe as harsh and close to solitary confinement, not to mention a violation of his constitutional rights.

His lawyers think he should be allowed to get out of his cell and have group prayers with other Muslims behind bars.

They say that since his arrest, Tsarnaev has done nothing to indicate he’s a threat to anyone. They point out that the United Nations says long-term isolation is a form of torture.

The survivors of Tsarnaev’s bombings might have a different definition of torture.