published Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Man accused of lying after bombings seeks release

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    This courtroom sketch shows defendant Robel Phillipos appearing in front of Federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
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BOSTON — Lawyers for a man charged with lying to investigators after the Boston Marathon bombings are asking a judge to release him from jail, saying he had nothing to do with the bombings and isn’t a flight risk.

A hearing is scheduled Monday for Robel Phillipos. Phillipos was charged last week with lying to investigators about visiting suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s ollege dorm room after the bombings. Two other friends were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by concealing and destroying evidence.

In court documents filed Saturday, defense lawyers says authorities’ claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts in “refutable.”

They describe their client as a “frightened and confused 19 year old who was subjected to intense questioning and interrogation, without the benefit of counsel.”

Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

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