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The criminal complaints against the latest suspects - Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos - in the Boston Marathon terror attack raise a number of questions that seem to undermine the suspects’ veracity. Or at least suggest law enforcement is not stating their entire case yet.
Shortly before 9pm, according to the court document, Tsarnaev jokes that Kadyrbayev should come to his room and take whatever he wants. Minutes later the three suspects go to Tsarnaev's apartment and collect incriminating evidence.
There remains no admission from the criminal complaint that Tsarnaev instructed them to take evidence.
"I think it's very difficult to believe that a jury would ever think that it was anything other than helping in a cover up," said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. If the case even goes to trial.
"I read this complaint, and I think to myself, 'No one can be that stupid,'" said Toobin, adding that the suspects' actions "look like a fifth-rate cover up" for a minor offense.
"You have a crime where at least four people are dead, and they are still engaging in this amateurish cover up, and they are going to be in a world of trouble as a result," said Toobin.
The court document also states one of the suspect's said he saw a jar of Vaseline in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's apartment, and thought it was used to make a bomb.
"That is the most suggestive comment in there that there had been some discussion of bombing, because I think most people would not assume Vaseline is involved in making a bomb," said Toobin.
But the most important thing missing from the criminal complaints, said Toobin, "is any suggestion that these three knuckleheads were involved in the bombing itself."
"It would be much worse if there was a suggestion of a broader conspiracy here," said Toobin, "and there's absolutely nothing in these complaints that these guys were part of a broader conspiracy."
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