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Federal prosecutors oppose bid by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused Marathon bomber, for dismissal of some charges

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Federal prosecutors today fought a request by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, to have some of the charges in his case dismissed, saying he is appropriately being charged with his crimes.

“The number of charges in the indictment reflects the number of crimes Tsarnaev committed – nothing more,” the prosecutors said in a court filing Friday.

Lawyers for Tsarnaev had last month filed a court motion to dismiss what they called “surplus” counts in his 30-count indictment, alleging prosecutors double-counted some of his crimes to “put a thumb on the scales of justice in favor of the death penalty.”

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