Came across this on Kansas First News.
criminal lawyer with experience
defending terrorism cases as she continues to face questions from
Katherine Russell added New York lawyer Joshua Dratel to her legal
team, her attorney Amato DeLuca said Wednesday. Dratel has represented a
number of terrorism suspects in federal courts and military
commissions, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee David Hicks, who
attended an al-Qaida-linked training camp in Afghanistan.
“Mr. Dratel’s unique, specialized experience will help insure that
Katie can assist in the ongoing investigation in the most constructive
way possible,” DeLuca said in a written statement. He said Russell, who has not been charged with any crime, will
continue to meet with investigators as “part of a series of meetings
over many hours where she has answered questions.” Providence-based DeLuca and Miriam Weizenbaum have been representing
Russell, who is from Rhode Island. They specialize in civil cases such
as personal injury law.
An FBI spokeswoman wouldn’t comment when asked Wednesday whether Russell is cooperating.
DeLuca has said Russell had no reason to suspect her husband and his brother in the deadly April 15 bombing. Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens from
southern Russia, are accused of planting two shrapnel-packed pressure
cooker bombs near the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and
injuring about 260. Tamerlan was killed in a getaway attempt after a
gunbattle with police. Dzhokhar, who was captured hiding in a
tarp-covered boat outside a house in a Boston suburb, was charged with
using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Their mother has said the
allegations against them are lies.
Russell, 24, married Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010, and they had been
living in Cambridge, Mass., with their 2-year-old daughter when the
bombing happened. Russell has been staying in her family’s home in North
Kingstown, just south of Providence, since her husband and
brother-in-law were identified as suspects in the case.
Hicks, an Australian, spent more than five years at Guantanamo. He
pleaded guilty in March 2007 and served a nine-month sentence in