Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Widow Beefs Up Legal Team

Katherine Russell, widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has added New York criminal lawyer Josh Dratel to her legal team.

Excellent choice. He's experienced in terrorism cases and is co-author of the Torture Papers: the Road to Abu Ghraib and The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror.

Others he has represented:

  • Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks
  • Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, who was acquitted in federal court in Idaho in 2004;
  • Wadih El-Hage, a defendant in U.S. v. Usama bin Laden, which involved the August 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania;
  • Mohamed Suleiman al-Nalfi, also charged in the Embassy Bombings case.
  • Mohamed El-Mezain, a defendant in the federal Holy Land Foundation case
  • Attorney Lynne Stewart (in the appeal of her terrorism conviction)

And more leaks from anonymous law enforcement sources about what Dzokhar Tsarnaev told the FBI: Today's leak is that he said Ms. Russell wasn't involved in the bombing.

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    I'd double beef up my team if I were in her shoes, (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by gbrbsb on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:34:30 PM EST
    judging by the comments to the article, as even for me as an outsider reading them is sickening and terrifying. For the great majority she is guilty even without charge, some simply because she married a Muslim. And there are even accusations of future terrorist against her 3-year old daughter!

    it's the same ignoramuses (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:49:24 PM EST
    who chant "USA" outside the courthouse at a guilty verdict. Pitiful. They are the ones who are the lowest among us -- much more so than the objects of their hate -- I'm embarrassed for these barbarians and the image they create of America.

    For a lot of people... (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Wed May 08, 2013 at 10:54:14 PM EST
    it seems that everything is a high school football game.

    Except for high school football games... (none / 0) (#4)
    by unitron on Thu May 09, 2013 at 08:02:16 AM EST
    ...for that same group, those are religious ceremonies.

    I can see how football games are the nearest (none / 0) (#7)
    by gbrbsb on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:32:07 PM EST
    much of our youth, and some not so, get to a religious experience  over here, but I didn't know it was an obsession in the US too.

    How does this sort of thing generally (none / 0) (#5)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu May 09, 2013 at 01:09:25 PM EST
    come about.

    Does the (in)famous defendant search for and contact the lauded attorney and they strike a deal, or do attorneys proactively search for and contact the (in)famous defendant?

    most are indigent (none / 0) (#6)
    by Jeralyn on Thu May 09, 2013 at 04:07:24 PM EST
    and get appointed counsel. But the right to counsel doesn't attach until one is charged with a crime. Josh Dratel would not seek out a client. I am certain they went to him. I doubt they found him via the internet. More likely, her current counsel asked around his legal circles and Josh was recommended.

    Thanks. (none / 0) (#8)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri May 10, 2013 at 11:37:38 AM EST