Anyone who’s ever had a fashion accessory appropriated knows the crumminess of confiscation.
Therefore, perhaps many can understand a man’s lawsuit for being badly treated.
In this case, that man is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the Boston bomber.
From his cell on death row, Dzhokhar’s suing the federal government.
The sum: a quarter of a million dollars.
On Monday, the 26-year-old filed a handwritten suit alleging abuse at the supermax Federal Correction Complex Florence.
Per the perpetrator, his “unlawful, unreasonable and discriminatory” handling has contributed to a “mental and physical decline.”
Amid his grievances: only being allowed three showers per week.
Furthermore, the Klink commandeered his white baseball cap and bandana — which he bought at the prison commissary.
From ABC News:
Tsarnaev alleges his cap and bandana were confiscated by prison guards “because, by wearing it, I was ‘disrespecting’ the FBI and the victims” of the April 15, 2013, bombing.
During the investigation, Tsarnaev was referred to by law enforcement as “White Hat” when he was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene of the bombings.
At the time of the bombing, Dzhokhar was only 19. Hence, he missed his university phase. Nevertheless, if the guy’s frequently wearing a ball cap and barely showering every other day, it sounds like he’s fairly well recreating the college experience.
However, a judge schooled him over the suit: His petition was rejected, as it lacked the $401 filing fee as well as a “certified copy of (the) prisoner’s trust fund statement.”
For those of you who’ve forgotten details of the terrible terrorist attack, in 2013, Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan, set bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The explosions killed three innocents, blew off limbs, and injured more than 260 people.
One couple each lost a leg:
Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes were watching the marathon as newlyweds when the bombing happened. They wrote a children’s book together, based on their service dog Rescue, that aims to educate others about people with disabilities. https://t.co/sihdOIkHb2 (4/6) pic.twitter.com/CaoXKV4mCC
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) April 16, 2018
Here’s a short excerpt from a CBS article on the victims:
Danling Zhou said her friend Lingzi Lu grabbed her arm after the first bombing.
“What happened?” Zhou recalled Lu asking. “What should we do?”
Zhou thought it was a sewer explosion. But seconds later, the second bomb exploded.
Zhou said she looked in front of her and saw a man whose legs had been blown off. She said when she looked at Lu, she thought she would be okay because she seemed to still have her arms and legs.
She found out later in the hospital that Lu had died.
A subsequent manhunt led to the siblings, and amid an escape attempt, Dzhokhar ran over and killed his brother.
Hours later, he was found hiding in a boat parked in a man’s back yard.
Initially sentenced to death, the now-27-year-old’s plight was pared to life in prison.
As noted by The Daily Wire, a federal appeals court ruled the jury in Dzhokhar’s trial hadn’t been properly screened for biases.
It seems all things considered, Dzhokhar’s had better luck than many.
He even made the cover of Rolling Stone:
— Anifowoshe Nov,5th (@Abiseg2009) July 17, 2013
But I suppose the hat is a sticking point.
And things could potentially take a more devastating dive for the bomber: His commutation to life in prison has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the meantime, a convict in Colorado wants his bandana back.
So spins the world, and so teeters the scales of justice.
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