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San Diego Lawyer Appointed To Boston Suspect Defense Team

Prominent death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke is joining the team representing the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Defense Attorney Judy Clarke

Above: Defense Attorney Judy Clarke

The appointment of Clarke, based in San Diego, Calif., was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler.

Bowler denied a request from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's public defender to appoint a second death penalty lawyer. Bowler says Tsarnaev's lawyers could renew their motion to appoint another death penalty expert if Tsarnaev is indicted.

The 19-year-old Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line.

Clarke's clients have included Unabomber Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, who drowned her two children; and most recently Tucson, Ariz., shooter Jared Loughner. All received life sentences instead of the death penalty.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 29, 2013 at 11:08 p.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I realize the Boston bombing is important, but it should not drown-out other important stories of the day.

The Bangladesh garment building collapse which makes clothes WE wear in America killed HUNDREDS and has garnered surprisingly little attention in the U.S.

http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/apr/29/bangladesh-rescuers-give-up-on-finding-survivors/#c19797

Why is this?

Are the lives of poor Bangladeshis who make our clothes less important that the lives of Americans?

I'm very troubled by this.

This should be major front-page news here the way it has been on the BBC and other international media.

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