Federal prosecutors are fighting a request from lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to obtain recordings of law enforcement interviews with a triple-homicide suspect who was killed in a 2013 confrontation with authorities.
In a filing Wednesday in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, prosecutors signaled their opposition to the request for records and recordings of interviews with Ibragim Todashev, who was suspected of participating in the slaying of three people in Waltham in 2011 with Tsarnaev’s older brother.
Prosecutors also requested permission to file their formal opposition to the request under seal.
It’s not clear from the public court record why Tsarnaev’s legal team wants to view the Todashev materials.
Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, set off the bombs at the Marathon in April 2013. They killed three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded more than 260 others. The brothers also killed an MIT police officer while they were on the run.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a confrontation with police in Watertown. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was later convicted for his role in the Marathon attack and sentenced to death in 2015. His appeal is pending.
The 24-year-old is being held at a federal supermax prison in Colorado.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers last week requested permission to file their motion for “reports and recordings of interviews of Ibragim Todashev” under seal.
Todashev was a 27-year-old mixed-martial-arts fighter when he allegedly confessed to Massachusetts State Police and FBI agents in May 2013 that he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had participated in the slayings of three men in Waltham in 2011.
Shortly after the confession, Todashev was fatally shot by an FBI agent after Todashev allegedly charged at the agent and a state trooper with a metal broomstick.
No one has been charged in connection with the Waltham murders.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.