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Lawyer For Dias Kadyrbayev Insists That His Client Didn’t Obstruct Justice By Helping Boston Bombing Suspect & Friend Dzhohkar Tsarnaev

Two friends of accused Boston bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev were indicted Thursday on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly trying to throw away a backpack full of fireworks and a laptopfrom Tsarnaev’s room before it was searched by the police, but a lawyer for one of the men insists his client is innocen.

Robert G. Stahl, who is representing Dias Kadyrbayev, issued a statement after the indictment that said his client is a “typical young, foreign college student who loves America” and “did not obstruct justice and did not knowingly or intentionally take evidence from Dzohkhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room.”

Read Stahl’s full statement below:

“While Dias’s Indictment was not unexpected, it was certainly disappointing.  As I said in the beginning of this case, Dias Kadyrbayev did not obstruct justice and did not knowingly or intentionally take evidence from Dzohkhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room.  

My young client, like all of Dzokhar’s friends at U-Mass, Dartmouth, was shocked and horrified to learn that someone he knew was involved in the terrible Marathon bombing.  Even though he was literally stunned and in fear, and even though he is from a country where the police are routinely distrusted, from the moment the authorities approached him he has fully cooperated.

Dias is a typical young, foreign college student who loves America and has worked hard to be accepted in the community.  He cooperated fully with the FBI and answered their questions for almost 12 hours over two days without an attorney or Consular official present.  Dias and the others voluntarily turned over the computer from Tsarnaev’s room and told the FBI where they could find the backpack that contained a packet of fireworks.  The FBI recovered all of the items because of Dias’s complete cooperation with their investigation.

Dias and his family are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred and their thoughts and prayers continue to be with those injured and killed, and their families.

Despite the rush to judgment and, now, the present charges, Dias trusts the American justice system and looks forward to proving his innocence at trial.”

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The CIA's impunity on 'torture tapes' | Glenn Greenwald

[There] have been no legal consequences whatsoever for the crimes [(the destruction of ‘al qaeda’ interrogation videos) ed.] of these CIA officials. Last November, the Obama justice department – following the administration’s all-too-familiar pattern of shielding Bush-era crimes from acountabilityannounced it was closing its criminal investigation into the matter with no charges filed. And this week, a federal judge, whose own order to produce these videos had been violated by the CIA, decided that he would not even impose civil sanctions or issue a finding of contempt because, as he put it, new rules issued by the CIA “should lead to greater accountability within the agency and prevent another episode like the videotapes’ destruction”.

In other words, the CIA has promised not to do this again, so they shouldn’t be punished for the crimes they committed. Aside from how difficult it is, given the agency’s history, to make that claim without triggering a global laughing fit, it is also grounded in a principle of leniency rarely applied to ordinary citizens. After all, most criminal defendants caught up in the life-destroying hell of a federal prosecution are quite unlikely to repeat their crimes in the future, yet that fact is no bar to punishing them for the illegal acts they already committed.

What actually produced this astounding outcome is the two-tiered system of justice that is now fully entrenched in the US: one in which ordinary Americans are subjected to a brutally harsh and unforgiving system of punishment, while political and financial elites are vested with virtually full-scale immunity for even the most egregious of crimes. It is that warped “justice” system that has caused Americans to witness the construction of the world’s largest penal state for ordinary citizens at the very same time that the most destructive elite crimes – a worldwide torture regime, Wall Street plundering on a massive scale, illegal domestic eavesdropping, an aggressive war in Iraq that killed at least tens of thousands of innocents – have gone completely unpunished.

As I spent the last 18 months writing my forthcoming book on this two-tiered justice system, I genuinely expected, as I recount there, that there would be indictments in the CIA video case, thus providing a counter-example to the book’s argument that elites are now immune from the rule of law. “Even our political class,” I wrote, “couldn’t allow lawbreaking this brazen to go entirely unpunished.” Alas, as Wednesday’s court ruling (pdf) demonstrated, I was wrong: there is no elite criminality too egregious to enjoy this shield of immunity. Thus can the CIA purposely destroy evidence it has been ordered to produce both by a congressionally-created investigative commission and multiple courts – and do so with total impunity.

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ABC News says Lance Armstrong could face criminal charges for actions he took to cover up his PED usage. More Info:

Federal investigators are in the midst of an active criminal investigation of disgraced former Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, ABC News has learned.

The revelation comes in stark contrast to statements made by the U.S. Attorney for Southern California, Andre Birotte, who addressed his own criminal inquiry of Armstrong for the first time publicly on Tuesday. Birotte’s office spent nearly two years investigating Armstrong for crimes reportedly including drug distribution, fraud and conspiracy – only to suddenly drop the case on the Friday before the Super Bowl last year.

Armstrong has yet to comment on the reports but, given his recent admissions on Oprah, we’d imagine he would have a hard time defending himself in court should the government decide to prosecute. Do you think Lance Armstrong should face criminal penalties for covering-up his usage of performance enhancing substances?

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev friends plead not guilty to obstruction of justice

Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations they conspired to obstruct justice by agreeing to destroy and conceal some of their friend’s belongings as he evaded authorities.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both nationals of Kazakhstan who shared an apartment in New Bedford, Massachusetts, became friends with bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev when they all started school at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2011.

Tsarnaev is accused of setting off two bombs near the race’s finish line that killed three and wounded hundreds on 15 April. He has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say he was working with his older brother, who died during the manhunt for the suspects days later.

Both Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face up to 25 years in prison if convicted on both the obstruction and conspiracy charges they face.

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Deleting your browser history could land you 20 years in prison
The absence of evidence isn't proof of a crime.

The absence of evidence shouldn’t be viewed as proof of guilt, but tell that to the U.S. federal court—where Khairullozhon Matanov will be facing sentencing next week fordeleting his browser history

Though he wasn’t an accomplice in the Boston bombing and no one is charging him with the crime, the FBI claims that the friend of the Tsarnaev brothers obstructed evidence in the case. That evidence includes now-deleted entries in his browser history along with videos, and he’s not the first person to face charges in a similar situation. This is a disturbing trend when it comes to how the federal government views the Internet and information technology. Instead of being a resource for readily available information that citizens can access at will, the Internet is becoming a tool for spying on citizens and residents of the United States. People no longer enjoy the explicit right to privacy that would protect them from warrantless wiretapping and seizure of Internet records. As Matanov’s case illustrates, they’re also not entitled to the legal protection of being allowed to have control over their own browser history and private records.

In an interview with the Nation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Hanni Fakhoury observed: “The idea that you have to create a record of where you’ve gone or open all your cupboards all the time and leave your front door unlocked and available for law enforcement inspection at any time is not the country we have established for ourselves more than 200 years ago.”

However, that’s precisely what’s happening in this case.

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March 2002- Robert W. Ray, the special prosecutor investigating alleged perjury and obstruction of justice by former President Bill Clinton regarding his testimony on his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, issues his final report.

Using his discretion as a prosecutor, Ray declined to bring any charges, despite “the independent counsel’s judgment that sufficient evidence existed to prosecute President Clinton was confirmed by President Clinton’s admissions”

Mr. Ray, in his report, stated that Clinton’s penalties already paid were adequate punishment for his false and misleading testimony about Ms. Lewinsky during the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.  The judge in that case had fined him for contempt of court, and the former President was also stripped of his license to practice law as a result of the case.

“Clinton Spared Despite Evidence / Prosecutor Closes Books on Perjury Charge in Lewinsky Affair”
Article Link: SFgate.com
March 6, 2002

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Feds indict two Kazakh nationals in Boston Marathon bombing - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Federal authorities on Thursday indicted two teenagers from Kazakhstan on Thursday charges that they obstructed the federal investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.

Prosecutors allege that Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both 19, worked together to retrieve accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s backpack and computer from his dormitory room and discard it in the garbage outside of their apartment building.

Both young men are believed to be friends of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and now face charges that they attempted to destroy evidence after receiving a text message from Tsarnaev after the Boston Marathon bombing took place.Both now face one count of obstruction of justice, along with a conspiracy charge, and could each face up to 25 years in prison if they’re found guilty.

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Tiger Beatdown › Obstructed Justice: The Death of Trayvon Martin

On February 26th a young black man named Trayvon Martin left his father’s fiancee’s home in the Twin Lakes gated community in Orlando to buy some candy for his brother. On his way back he noticed he was being followed. George Zimmerman, the development’s neighborhood watch captain, called the police at 7:15 pm on a non-emergency number to report a “suspicious person,” allegedly made a comment about Martin’s race, and then ignored orders not to pursue him. When Martin confronted the man who was chasing him, armed with a pack of Skittles and a can of iced tea, the man shot him in the chest, claiming it was self-defense.

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In the first of the trials emerging from the Boston Marathon bombing, a college classmate of the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on Monday was convicted of trying to cover up evidence that could have incriminated his friend in the days after the attack 15 months ago.

The defendant, Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, was found guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in what will be a series of trials leading up to Mr. Tsarnaev’s day in court, which is scheduled for the fall. With each trial, Boston faces yet another reckoning with the events of April 15, 2013, when two homemade bombs killed three people and injured more than 260 others, some of them severely.

Mr. Tsarnaev’s defense team has argued that the prosecution of minor figures in advance of his November trial is a ploy by the government to maintain a steady drumbeat of reminders about the bombings.

In the case that ended on Monday, prosecutors said that after Mr. Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, realized Mr. Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they removed items including a backpack and a laptop from Mr. Tsarnaev’s dorm room, and agreed to throw out the backpack. The men attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. The jury found Mr. Tazhayakov guilty in connection with the removal of the backpack, but not the laptop.

HPD Officer Indicted In Excessive Force Case On Leave.

Huntsville police said Friday that an officer indicted on federal charges of using excessive force is on leave until his case is over.

Brett Russell is on administrative leave with pay, police said.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Russell, 48, had been indicted on charges of deprivation of civil rights under color of law, and obstruction of justice.

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