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    Unsealed Complaint and Affidavit – U.S. v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Unsealed Complaint and Affidavit – U.S. v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    ” The pressure cookers also contained metallic BBs and nails.”

    Criminal charges were filed against Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    While news reports indicate the Complaint and supporting Affidavit are sealed — a Magistrate Judge just granted a request to unseal those documents.

    Here they are:

    US v Tsarnaev - Complaint Charges

    Interestingly, I don’t see any reference to the murder of the M.I.T. officer. So are we going to see state charges as well?

    Here are key excerpts from the Affidavit:

    14. …. Approximately 30 seconds before the first explosion, he lifts his phone to his ear as if he is speaking on his cell phone, and keeps it there for approximately 18 seconds. A few seconds after he finishes the call, the large crowd of people around him can be seen reacting to the first explosion. Virtually every head turns to the east (towards the finish line) and stares in that direction in apparent bewilderment and alarm. Bomber Two, virtually alone among the individuals in front of the restaurant, appears calm. He glances to the east and then calmly but rapidly begins moving to the west, away from the direction of the finish line. He walks away without his knapsack, having left it on the ground where he had been standing. Approximately 10 seconds later, an explosion occurs in the location where Bomber Two had placed his knapsack.

    19. Near midnight on April 18,2013, an individual carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A victim of the carjacking was interviewed by law enforcement and provided the following information. The victim stated that while he was sitting in his car on a road in Cambridge, a man approached and tapped on his passenger-side window. When the victim rolled down the window, the man reached in, opened the door, and entered the victim’s vehicle. The man pointed a firearm at the victim and stated, “Did you hear about the Boston explosion?” and “I did that.” The man removed the magazine from his gun and showed the victim that it had a bullet in it, and then re-inserted the magazine. The man then stated, “I am serious.”

    24. A preliminary examination of the remains of the explosive devices that were used at the Boston Marathon revealed that they were low-grade explosives that were housed in pressure cookers. Both pressure cookers were of the same brand. The pressure cookers also contained metallic BBs and nails. Many of the BBs were contained within an adhesive material. The explosives contained green-colored hobby fuse.

    27. On April 21, 2013, the FBI searched DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV’s dormitory room at 7341 Pine Dale Hall at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, pursuant to a search warrant. The FBI seized from his room, among other things, a large pyrotechnic, a black jacket and a white hat of the same general appearance as those worn by Bomber Two at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, and BBs.

    Complaint and Affidavit – United States v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev


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    Anchovy | April 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Some unemployed starving recent law school graduate with an enormous student loan debt needs to sue the pressure cooker manufacturer.

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    george | April 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Let’s not lose sight of an important detail. The charging document is a complaint, not an indictment.

    An indictment will come, but by filing a complaint it allows for some possible cooperation and gives the government time to build its case. It allows the defendant and prosecutors to “cooperate” for awhile — e.g. allows junior to spill his guts… asssuming there are other culpable parties still at large.

    also, a criminal complaint allows the Feds to publicly put out some information — not constrained by grand jury secrey rules. This may help bring witnesses forward.

    and allows Fed to use the Grand Jury as an investigative tool (subpoenaing uncooperative witnesses) to testify.

    RWGinger | April 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Am I alone in thinking that the non American in the mercedes was an accomplice?

      Dumb comment from AD. 1. It is a Miranda “warning” not “right”. 2. No one took away his actual right against self incrimination. Prosecutors have enough other proof against him for the charges they’ve filed if any of his pre-hearing statements WERE to be tossed out, they would go boo, hoo. Would not make a difference because the other proof was overwhelming. And now that he’s HAD a hearing before a magistrate he’s been “noticed” concerning his rights – all of them. We need to discuss something that makes a difference, not pick lint out of our navels.

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