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Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers appear in court

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have told a judge that understanding their client's family is key to their case.
  
Tsarnaev's lawyers shed some light on their defense strategy as they argued in court Wednesday that the government shouldn't be allowed to monitor prison visits with his two sisters.
  
Attorney David Bruck said understanding what happened is mainly "a story of this family and the relationships between people in it."

Tsarnaev was not in the courtroom for the proceedings.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. said he is inclined to ease the restrictions placed on Tsarnaev during his sisters' visits, giving prosecutors two weeks to report back to him on how they feel about the request.

O'Toole denied a defense request that some of the 30 charges be dismissed.

He also denied a government request to bar Tsarnaev from viewing victim autopsy photos with his attorneys as they prepare for the upcoming trial in November. The government argued it was hurtful to the victims' families.

One of the bombing survivors was in the courtroom during the hearing. He had no comment.
  
Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, placed two homemade bombs near the finish line of last year's marathon.
  
Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police. The defense has suggested Dzhokhar was heavily influenced by Tamerlan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  
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