Dzokhar Tsarnaev Suing Merrick Garland, 25 Others


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) - Convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev is suing six named officials, including U.S. Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland.

Tsarnaev accused Garland and 25 others of violating his First, Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment rights.

He said the U.S. Bureau of Prisons restricted his ability to send pictures to his parents, and are therefore "censoring and restricting" his correspondence with his family.

Tsarnaev also said the bureau's policy of not letting him talk to his nieces and nephews is "cruel and unusual punishment" under the Eighth Amendment. Tsarnaev said the Bureau of Prisons seized around $2,300 from his account, which he said violates his Fourth Amendment rights. The Fourth Amendment guards U.S. citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

Along with his constitutional claims, Tsarnaev accused the Bureau of Prisons of violating its own policies and guidelines in several places.

The Bureau of Prisons and Justice Department have not responded publicly to Tsarnaev's lawsuit.

The full complaint, filed last week, is below.

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