Immigration Files of Boston Bomber Released: Homeland Security has released the immigration documents of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the men who, along with his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, set off explosives at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killing three people and injuring over 260. Suman Varandani of the IB Times reports that the immigration documents contained 206 pages of files on Tamerlan and his friend Ibragim Todashev, showing the two as "ethnic Chechens from Russia, struggling with unemployment and poverty while trying to make a future in the U.S." However, Tamerlan had expressed interest in his application to change his name to that of an early Islamic scholar, and also disclosed a 2009 arrest for assaulting a former girlfriend and that he had recently traveled overseas, which authorities said should have raised concerns among U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials. USCIS stated that they found no errors in the processing of the two men. Tamerlan was killed in a gun battle with police after the 2013 bombings, and Todashev was killed a month later in Florida by an FBI agent. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death last year after being found guilty on all charges against him for his role in the bombings.
NH Senate May Suspend the Death Penalty: The New Hampshire Senate is to vote on a bill this week that would "suspend" the use of the death penalty without repealing it. The AP reports that the bill states that capital punishment in the New Hampshire would be suspended until "methods exist to ensure that the [it] cannot be imposed on an innocent person." The last execution in the state was in 1939, and it currently has only one death row inmate, Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 2006. The bill will be voted on in a Senate session of Thursday, and its outcome is expected to be determined by one or two votes.