Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Goes to Court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has his arraignment tomorrow in federal court in Boston. These aren't long hearings, he will just plead "not guilty" unless he has a deal, in which case he'll plead guilty.

I wonder how his medical condition is, and whether he will be kept at medical facility or shipped to a prison that houses detainees.I also wonder whether his lawyers have been able to forge a relationship with him. From the few accounts available, it seems like they have. No one I know is better at mastering that difficult task than Judy Clark.

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    by Person of Interest on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 04:42:04 PM EST
    is saying that Dzhokhar is deaf in his left ear from the bullet that ran from right to left through his neck and exited behind his left ear at the mastoid process bone.  He is not expected to regain his hearing in that ear. He also has no control of his left hand, but he will slowly regain its use over time with therapy.  Because one of the bullets exited out of his left cheek, his left eye is swollen shut, but it's on the mend.  The mother reports that he is able to eat easily digustable foods but is not eating well. She hopes that he is receiving nutritional support through his gastro-jejunal feeding tube, which was apparently surgically inserted at Beth Israel Hospital at the same time that he received his tracheostomy.

    I have not been able to determine if the wounds to his head and neck were suffered at the  initial shootout or in the boat.

    I know Devens isn't great, but I'm hoping that he can remain there until he at least completes his treatment plan.

    No cameras in Federal Court so I guess we won't be able to judge his physical state for ourselves.  If he's not eating that could be a serious problem.  He was already a thin guy.  Hope the folks at Devens didn't already pull his feeding tube.