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Lawyers for suspected Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to view audio and video recordings of the interrogation of Ibragim Todashev, who was shot in his Florida home in May 2013.
The electronic recordings of the Todashev interviews disclosed by the Florida state investigators' March 2014 report provide the best evidence of what Todashev said about Dzhokhar's brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, attorneys said.
McFarlane, a former beat-cop, was sued in several police brutality lawsuits during his employment with Oakland Police Department in the early 2000's. He was also the subject of four internal investigations.
Attorney's are in the process of preparing mitigation against a possible death sentence for Tsarnaev, should he be convicted. His lawyer, David Bruck, said any sentencing proceeding from the case will likely centre on a comparison of Tsarnaev's character, record, and conduct with those of his older brother.
Had Todashev not been killed he may have appeared as a defense witness, lawyers said.
Judge O Toole previously agreed to review Federal agent's 302 reports regarding the confession, although the government said they contained little information pertinent to Tamerlan Tsarnaev's alleged involvement or his character.
Noting that 302 reports are not best evidence in this case, the defense said: