January 23, 2022

Judge orders Boston Marathon bomber stimulus check can be used to pay victims

A US court in Boston has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to: reverse the stimulus control of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. The $1,400 COVID relief payment Tsarnaev received in June, as well as other funds held in the trust of his prisoners, will be used for outstanding payments to his victims, according to court documents.

Tsarnaev, now 28, is currently serving a life sentence after the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured 260 when two pressure cooker bombs were fired near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev performed with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a firefight three days later with the police.

In addition to his death sentence, Tsarnaev was ordered to pay a special charge of $3,000 and $101,126,627 in criminal restitution, and has paid $2,202.03 so far, according to court documents.

He has also received money from private individuals that has been deposited into his incarcerated account. “After the defendant’s conviction, deposits into the defendant’s detainee’s account became more frequent,” the documents say. The payments include the COVID relief payment and multiple deposits from individuals living in Indiana, New Jersey and Maryland.

As of December 22, 2021, according to the documents, he had approximately $3,885.06 in his inmate account. Tsarnaev does not make payments to his victims but has made payments to other third parties and sent money to his siblings for items such as “gifts”, “support” and “books”.

The US law firm in Boston argues that the government has a duty to collect restitution from crime victims and under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act. Tsarnaev did not report the money he earned as required by this law.

The Crime Victims’ Rights Act also entitles victims of crimes to full and timely restitution as provided in the law. So the US law firm argues that Tsarnaev’s requested money is reasonable, “particularly in light of the defendant’s prioritization of payments to his siblings over the victims of his crimes.”

Tsarnaev was originally sentenced to death, but the death sentence was overturned in July 2020 by a federal appeals court, which said the judge overseeing the case had failed to adequately screen jurors for possible bias.

Last year, the Justice Department under President Biden asked the Supreme Court to: restore Tsarnaev .’s main sentences. A Supreme Court ruling is expected this summer.

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