Friend Of Tsarnaev Seeks New Trial


A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is asking a judge to throw out his conviction on obstruction charges or grant him a new trial.

A jury last week found Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, guilty of impeding a federal investigation by removing a backpack containing fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room days after the deadly attack.

Tazhayakov’s lawyers say the government did not prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that their client was the one who removed the evidence.

The defense had argued at trial that Tazhayakov’s roommate, Dias Kadyrbayev, was the one who disposed of the items.

If the conviction stands, Tazhayakov faces up to 25 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October.


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Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers seek leaks hearing |


BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have renewed their request for a judge to hold a hearing on leaks to the news media.
Last month, a judge issued a stern warning to prosecutors about former or current members of their team speaking to the media after Tsarnaev’s lawyers objected to interviews retired FBI agents gave around the anniversary of the deadly 2013 bombings.

The request came after several news outlets this week reported that investigators believe a friend of Tsarnaev provided the gun authorities say was used by Tsarnaev and his brother in the fatal shooting of an MIT police officer several days after the bombings.

On Friday, Tsarnaev’s lawyers asked the judge to hold a hearing to determine what instructions were given to law enforcement about not talking to the media.

Close friend of Marathon bombing suspect had been arrested eight months ago for dealing pot - Metro - The Boston Globe


A close friend of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect — who was taken into federal custody this week on heroin and gun charges — was also arrested eight months ago for dealing marijuana in Dorchester, and told police then, “I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber.”

Stephen Silva’s charges for peddling marijuana at an MBTA station at JFK/UMass preceeded his appearance in federal court on Tuesday on heroin trafficking and gun charges, including allegations that in February 2013 he possessed a Ruger gun, which had an obliterated serial number and matched the model of a pistol allegedly used in the shooting of MIT police officer Sean Collier.

Collier was allegedly shot by Marathon bombing suspects Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, while they were on the run from authorities on the night of April 18, 2013.

Federal law enforcement and MIT officials have declined to say whether the gun charge that Silva faces is related to the shooting of Collier, however a Cambridge police official acknowledged that federal prosecutors briefed top officers in the department about Silva’s arrest.

Silva, 21, of Cambridge, was charged this week with dealing heroin on six occasions in June in Medford in addition to the gun charge. A grand jury had indicted him on the heroin and gun charges a week ago, however he was not arrested until Monday night. He is currently being held by federal authorities.

A longtime Cambridge friend of Silva’s, who saw him as recently as last week, said it was well-known among many friends that Silva dealt marijuana. But this friend said he was “stunned” that Silva was involved with selling heroin or possibly providing guns to others. The friend, who asked to remain anonymous because he does not want to get involved in the criminal case, said Silva was part of a group of friends from Cambridge who enjoyed getting high, enjoying rap music, and cracking jokes.

“We were just chilling and smoking,” the friend said. “It’s summertime - we just chill.”

He said the subject of guns never came up in conversations, and he never saw Silva or any of his friends with weapons.

“I’ve never seen any of these dudes with guns,” said this friend.

He also said that Silva, whose family is from Cape Verde, did not have a summer job as far as he knew, and he often seemed low on cash.

One fall day last year, however, Silva allegedly carried extensive amounts of money while at an MBTA stop in Dorchester, records show.

Silva was arrested on Nov. 21, 2013 at about 12:45 p.m. at the JFK/UMass Red line station, records say. MBTA transit police officers apparently smelled a strong odor of marijuana as Silva walked around the station and spoke on a Virgin Mobile cellphone. Police questioned him, and Silva allegedly consented to a search. Officers said they found at least two packets of marijuana, $555 in cash and a piece of paper with a list of names, which appeared to relate to Silva’s marijuana-buying clients, according to the court record.

While waiting to be booked, records say, Silva told officers that he smoked copious amount of pot because “my best friend was the bomber.”

Five days later, police investigators applied for a search warrant for the messages, phone calls, photos and videos on Silva’s Virgin Mobile cellphone, saying it might provide important information on his suppliers and a larger drug-trafficking operation. Officers said that even if Silva was a “street level” drug dealer and “near the bottom” of a drug-dealing enterprise, his cellphones could provide police with his higher-level contacts.

In the application, officers noted that Silva also had an iPhone, but they concluded it was for personal use, and they only requested records related to the Virgin Mobile phone, which they believe was used for drug transactions.

Court records suggest that police obtained permission for the search, and records from that cellphone were given to police in early December of last year.

Silva attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and also worked with Tsarnaev as lifeguards at Harvard University’s pool. Silva also has an identical twin brother with the very similar name of Steven Silva, who was even closer to Tsarnaev, according to several friends. Steven Silva and Tsarnaev attended UMass-Dartmouth together.

A supervisor at Harvard’s Blodgett pool said he was surprised to hear that Stephen Silva was arrested on charges of heroin dealing and that he possibly provided a gun to Tsarnaev. The supervisor said he knew the Silva twins and Tsarnaev for at least two years, when they worked part-time at the pool. He said after Tsarnaev’s arrest in connection with the bombing, the twins started routinely missing shifts of work and “they drifted off.”

The supervisor, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized by the university to speak publicly, said he is aware that after the bombing, the FBI questioned the twins extensively, and even examined their cellphones and computers. Both twins were aware they needed legal advice given the scrutiny on them as close friends of Tsarnaev.

The supervisor said he recalled Steve Silva as being closer to Tsarnaev. While in high school, Steve Silva converted to Islam, the same faith as the Tsarnaev family. The Silva twins apparently grew up in a Catholic household.

The supervisor said he happened to run into Stephen Silva two weeks ago in Harvard Square. He said they chatted, and Silva said he was continuing his studies at UMass-Boston. The supervisor said Silva said he was not working as a lifeguard anywhere, and did not mention any summer job. He said Silva mentioned possibly visiting Brazil soon.

The supervisor said he left Silva in Harvard Square that day, saying, “Glad to see you’re staying out of trouble.”

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Pot-smoking best friend may sink Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Boston Herald


The arrest of a Cambridge man who MBTA cops said admitted to smoking pot “every day because my best friend is the bomber” could help federal investigators as they prepare for the Nov. 3 blockbuster trial of accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former prosecutor said.

“If they corroborate that in fact the guy did know the bomber, then absolutely you’re going to debrief him about the bomber and what he knows about him,” former Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone said. “There’s all sorts of possibilities once you draw a connection between them.”

Stephen Silva, 21, made the pot-smoking admission after T police found $555 cash in his front pocket on Nov. 21 at the JFK MBTA Station during a drug bust, according to the arrest report. Police added they also found a glass jar and plastic bag containing marijuana.

“While waiting for the transport, Silva continuously stated, ‘I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,’ ” according to the affidavit, written by Detective Richard Sullivan, who sized Silva up as a “street level” drug dealer who is “near the bottom of the drug trafficking organization’s food chain.”

Following the Dorchester arrest, police received a search warrant for Silva’s phone, from which they recovered several text messages, according to court documents.

Silva is also charged with once possessing the Ruger model P95 9 mm pistol authorities believe Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev used to kill MIT officer Sean Collier April 18, 2013, a person with knowledge of the federal case told the Herald. Silva was arrested Monday night on the federal indictment, which also charged him with distributing heroin. Silva was out on personal recognizance in the November case, which charges him with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

Tony Blaize, Silva’s lawyer in the marijuana case, said yesterday he has “absolutely no information” on the federal charges. Asked to describe his client, Blaize said, “I choose not to comment at this point.”

Silva lives on the 18th floor of an apartment tower on busy Memorial Drive. A woman who answered the door at the apartment last night said the family has no comment.

He is due back in federal court Aug. 6.


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There were three important women in Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s life—five, if you count his sisters—and each is a window into the culture to which he seemed to cling in the final years of his life.

Tsarnaev lawyers get more time to make case for D.C trial | Boston Herald


Attorneys defending the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who turned 21 yesterday in solitary confinement, told U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole they have an expert examining polling results that suggest potential jurors in Massachusetts, based largely on pretrial publicity, are predisposed to convict the former Cambridge resident for the April 15, 2013, terrorist attack in Copley Square that killed three marathon spectators and injured 260 others.

“The defense position is that the court will find a pretrial decision to move the trial to a venue outside of the state of Massachusetts to be warranted once the defense is able to complete and present an expert analysis of the survey data and pretrial publicity,” the motion, granted last night, reads.

Tsarnaev’s trial is slated to start Nov. 3, and he faces charges that carry a possible sentence of execution. His lawyers have until Aug. 7 to make the case to move his trial.

‘I Smoke Weed Every Day Because My Best Friend Was the Bomber’ - ABC News


BOSTON — The accused heroin dealer who officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said.

Boston Magazine
“I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and the man charged with setting off the Boston Marathon bombs in April 2013 with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Silva, 21, had been out on bail awaiting a court date scheduled for next week in relation to the state’s marijuana charges when he was taken into federal custody Monday and accused of dealing heroin in June 2014.

In addition to the new heroin charges, court documents also accuse Silva of at one point possessing a handgun, a “Ruger model P95 9mm pistol,” in early 2013 that law enforcement sources told ABC News is the same one later used by the Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout with police three days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities believe the gun was also used to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier hours before the shootout with police.

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Though the Tsarnaevs are not mentioned in court documents regarding Silva’s gun possession charges, law enforcement officials told ABC News they believe Silva gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the weapon and that Dzhokhar and Silva were close.

Tuesday Silva told the federal magistrate judge that he graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin, the same high school where the younger Tsarnaev graduated, with honors. Silva said he graduated in 2011, the same year as Tsarnaev.

In a run-in with authorities on the Fourth of July in 2012, cops reported a Steven Silva — rather than Stephen — and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were discovered together drinking alcohol in a Honda registered to Dzhokhar. Stephen Silva has an identical twin brother named Steven, sources said, but police believe that it was really Stephen in the car with the younger Tsarnaev. The November 2013 police report also had the offender listed as Steven, but fingerprints taken after his arrest identified him as Stephen Silva, the same man arraigned in federal court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.

Stephen Silva said in court Tuesday he lives with his mother and stepfather, and added that his brother “moved away” and works as a car salesman. State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends.

Stephen Silva did not enter a plea during his initial appearance Tuesday, and is being held until his bail hearing in August. His trial on the Nov. 2013 marijuana arrest will be postponed, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

Late Tuesday Silva’s attorney Jonathan Shapiro issued a statement that notes there is no mention of Tsarnaev in his client’s most recent indictment.

“I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice,” Shapiro said.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout with police on April 18, 2013. Dzhokhar was injured but survived and was later captured. He has pleaded not guilty to some 30 charges related to the bombing and, if convicted, could face the death penalty.