Roots of accused Boston bomber’s note argued at trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston

By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and a terrorism expert serving as a prosecution witness argued on Tuesday over whether the defendant was paraphrasing Al Qaeda propaganda in a note he left four days after the deadly attack. While hiding in a boat hours before his arrest, Tsarnaev scrawled a note reading, in part, “we Muslims are one body you hurt one you hurt us all,” a message that counter-terrorism expert Matthew Levitt said was similar to extremist writings found on his computer. Defense attorney David Bruck asked Levitt if it was not possible that Tsarnaev, now 21, had heard those words from his older brother, Tamerlan. Maybe,” Levitt acknowledged at U.S. District Court in Boston.

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U.S. top court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

Voters stand in line to vote at the St. Andrew Lutheran Church for the U.S. presidential election in Caledonia

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin’s Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot, a measure Democrats contend is aimed at keeping their supporters from voting. The justices declined to hear an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law. The ACLU said it then filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court to try to keep the law from taking effect immediately. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the law cannot be implemented for the state’s April 7 election because absentee ballots are already in the hands of voters but would be in place for future elections.

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