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Renowned Attorney Judy Clarke will defend the Boston Bomber

It looks like Judy Clarke will be heading up the defense for Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Her defense technique will be to prevent him from facing the death penalty, from CBS:

Clarke has been hailed as an expert defense strategist and has taken on the cases of some of the most notorious criminal defendants in the country, including Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother convicted in 1995 of drowning her two young sons; Jared Loughner, who killed six and injured 13 others including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a 2011 shooting; “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, and Zacarias Moussaoui, who pleaded guilty to helping mastermind the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks.

Like Tsarnaev, they faced the death penalty. Each was sentenced to life in prison.

Clarke doesn’t grant requests for interviews, a spokesman at Virginia’s Washington and Lee University, where she teaches, Crimesider. She didn’t return a call for comment placed to her San Diego law offices.

But speaking last week during a keynote address at a forum at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Clarke said it was her job to convince her clients to fight for life in prison as an alternative to the death penalty, the AP reported.

“They’re looking into the lens of life in prison in a box,” she said, according to an Associated Press account. “Our job is to provide them with a reason to live.”

Clarke and the rest of the defense team may choose to focus on “mitigating evidence” in order to argue that Tsarnaev doesn’t deserve to die, said University of North Carolina law professor Tamar R. Birckhead. Following a 2005 Supreme Court ruling finding it unconstitutional to execute a minor, Birckhead said Tsarnaev’s age – 19 – may likely be the crux of the case.

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