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Marathon suspect: Statements should be thrown out

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BOSTON (AP) - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have filed a series of pretrial motions asking a judge to dismiss some evidence and seeking to have the death penalty declared unconstitutional.

In one motion filed Wednesday, defense attorneys asked a judge to bar prosecutors from arguing that his alleged decision to target the marathon is a factor a jury should consider when weighing whether he should be sentenced to death.
  
His lawyers filed a separate motion asking the judge to declare the federal death penalty unconstitutional.
  
Lawyers asked that statements he made to authorities at a hospital after his arrest should be thrown out because he was improperly questioned without a lawyer.
  
They also sought have evidence collected from searches of his Cambridge home and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm room dismissed.
  
Prosecutors have not responded.


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