Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyer have started very early talks about a possible deal in which the 19-year-old would cooperate in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, according to legal sources.

His defence team got a major boost yesterday with the addition of a prominent anti-death penalty lawyer who has managed to get life sentences for several high-profile clients.

A judge approved the appointment of death penalty expert Judy Clarke to defend Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction during the April 15 marathon.

Clarke’s clients have included the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski; Susan Smith, a woman who famously drowned her two children; Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph; and most recently Jared Loughner, who shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head.

All received life sentences instead of the death penalty.

 

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