Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suing the federal government for $250,000, according to a new lawsuit filed Monday.
Tsarnaev claims that he has received "unlawful, unreasonable, and discriminatory" treatment at the hands of guards at the Federal Correctional Complex near Florence, Colorado, and that this treatment is causing "mental and physical decline."
The lawsuit specifically mentions a limit of three weekly showers imposed on Tsarnaev and the confiscation of a white hat he bought through the prison commissary. Prison staff reportedly told him that him wearing the hat was disrespectful to "the FBI and the [bombing] victims" – supposedly because Tsarnaev was codenamed "White Hat" by the FBI based on surveillance footage of him at the scene of the bombing.
The April 15, 2013, marathon attack killed three people and injured 260 others. Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev used two pressure cookers to create the deadly bombs. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout in the days following the attack.
Both men were Chechen Muslims who immigrated to the U.S. from Kyrgyzstan. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly said the terror attack was retaliation for "the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the killing of Muslims there."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was initially sentenced to death for the attack, but had his sentence changed to life in prison in July 2020 after a federal appeals court ruled that the judge in his case had not properly screened jurors for bias. An appeal to reinstate the death penalty in his case has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.