Does Martin Richard get to countersue?
“Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sues Colorado supermax for $250,000,” by Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald, January 6, 2021:
Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suing the federal government for $250,000 over what he says in a hand-written lawsuit is “disturbing” and “unprofessional” treatment inside the supermax prison in Colorado.
Tsarnaev, now 26, accuses guards and the warden at the Federal Correctional Complex Florence — called the “Alcatraz of the Rockies” — of being “unlawful, unreasonable and discriminatory.”
He specifically cites the confiscation of his white baseball cap and bandana that he purchased at the prison commissary and not being able to take more showers. He adds the harsh treatment has made his life inside the prison’s H-Unit so anxious it is adding to his “mental and physical decline.”…
Tsarnaev’s death sentence was thrown out last fall over concerns with the jury selection process. Federal prosecutors are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case, calling it “one of the most important terrorism prosecutions in our nation’s history.”…
The bombing killed Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Campbell, 29; and Lu Lingzi, 23. More than 260 people were injured. MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, 27, was shot execution-style days later by the Tsarnaevs.
Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds, 28, injured in the Watertown shootout in which Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed, died in April 2014.
Former Florence prison warden Bob Hood told the Herald on Wednesday that Tsarnaev’s lawsuit is common among inmates.
“I get it. He wants more than three showers a week,” Hood said. “But he’s twentysomething living in a 7-foot box where life is worse than if he did get the death penalty.”