BOSTON (Reuters) – Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in his first public appearance in more than a year, told a judge on Thursday that he is satisfied with his lawyers heading into the January start of his trial in the deadly 2013 attack.
Tsarnaev, 21, last appeared at U.S. District Court in Boston in July 2013, when he was charged with killing three people and injuring more than 260 with two homemade pressure cooker bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013. He also was charged with fatally shooting a university police officer three days later.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday overturned a lower-court decision that a Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder was entitled to receive a taxpayer-funded sex change operation.
The state’s prison system is not violating the prisoner’s rights under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects inmates from cruel and unusual punishment, by not providing gender reassignment surgery to Michele Kosilek, who was convicted of murder in 1992, the 1st U.S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.
BOSTON (Reuters) – The leader of a Boston group of gay U.S. military veterans said on Tuesday his organization had reached a deal to march in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which has long banned openly gay groups.
But at least one high-ranking official on the Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade, denied a deal had been reached to end the stalemate, which this year caused a major sponsor pullout and the city’s first Irish-American mayor in 20 years to skip the event.