For Boston bomb suspect, a seasoned defense team

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Associated Press

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 12:06 AM

BOSTON (AP) — One lawyer won acquittal for a Saudi man charged with carrying three firecracker-like devices on a plane, arguing he was a victim of hysteria over airport security after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Another has managed to avert death sentences for some of the highest-profile criminals of our time, including the Unabomber and the gunman whose rampage injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Together, they are staring down what may become their biggest challenge so far: how to defend the man authorities say helped plan and carry out the Boston Marathon bombings.

The team will be led by Miriam Conrad, the chief federal public defender for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. It got a major boost Monday with the addition of prominent San Diego lawyer and death penalty opponent Judy Clarke.

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