“They are not going to put on a jihadi defense,” he said. “The client wants to live and he wants to avoid the death penalty. They are not going to say, ‘I want to die, I want to join my brother.’ “
Bruck has directed Washington and Lee’s death penalty defense clinic, the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, since 2004.
In other developments in the Boston case:
— FBI agents visited the Rhode Island home of the in-laws of the suspect’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and carried away several bags. The brother was killed in a gun battle with police.
Katherine Russell, Tsarnaev’s widow, has been staying at the North Kingstown home and did not speak to reporters as she left her attorneys’ office in Providence later in the day. Attorney Amato DeLuca says she’s doing everything she can to assist with the investigation.
— President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed terrorism coordination Monday in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. Obama expressed his “appreciation” for Russia’s close cooperation after the attack.
The suspected bombers are Russian natives who immigrated to the Boston area. Russian authorities told U.S. officials before the bombings they had concerns about the family, but only revealed details of wiretapped conversations since the attack.
AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch in Los Angeles contributed to this report