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Bombing suspect's widow is cooperating with authorities, laywer says

New York City : NY : USA | May 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM PDT
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The widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of planting bombs at last month's Boston Marathon, is cooperating with authorities investigating the attack and plans to continue to, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Joshua Dratel, a high-profile New York attorney recently hired to help Katherine Russell in the aftermath of the April 15 attack that killed three and injured more than 200, said Russell wanted to help the FBI find out what happened.

"I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future," Dratel told The Associated Press.

"There's no inconsistency between that and her interests at this point," he said.

Russell, who returned to using her maiden name after Tsarnaev was shot and killed in a shootout with police four days after the bombing, had been attracting a lot of attention from authorities who appear to think she knows about the bombing than she had revealed so far.

Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar, was shot numerous times during the shootout but survived and is recovering in a prison hospital in Massachusetts.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Authorities think the bombs that exploded near the race's finish line on Boylston Street in downtown Boston were assembled in the apartment that Katherine Russell and Tamerlan Tsarnaev shared in Cambridge, Mass.

But Russell has denied knowing anything about the bombs or the attack, and she has not been charged.

Dratel refused Tuesday to discuss anything in more detail about Russell's contacts with FBI agents or her marriage, saying any disclosures could impact the investigation.

"It would be counterproductive for the investigation and for Katherine's interests for us to be more forthcoming at this time with any of the details," Dratel said.

"We wouldn't want to impair the investigation in any way."

Dratel is perhaps best known for representing inmates of the US government prison for suspects captured in the war on terror at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI's Boston field office, stands at the site of the explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street on April 22 during a ceremony in Boston. Photo: Reuters
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