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Boston Bombing News: The Arrest of Stephen Silva

On Tuesday, 22nd July, we learned of yet another arrest allegedly related to events surrounding the bombing of the Boston Marathon. This latest arrest is that of 21 year old Stephen Silva of Cambridge, Massachusetts, whom, we are given to understand, is a former friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is awaiting trial facing 30 charges in relation to his alleged role in the bombing and it’s aftermath.

Stephen Silva has a twin brother, Steven Silva, also a former friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who attended both Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school and UMass Dartmouth at the same time as  Tsarnaev. It is rumored that one of these two brothers may indeed have been the “Steve” who was quoted in the Boston Globe’s article, “Fall of the House of Tsarnaev”, which was published in December of 2013, but these rumors remain just that, and have been given no confirmation. Stephen Silva was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in November, 2013.

Although the charges against Silva were filed on 15th, July,  related documents remained sealed until 22nd July.  Silva faces charges related to alleged distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. The indictment can be found here:

Silva’s arrest was, as is to be expected, reported by the main stream media. In their reporting however, the main stream media did not, it seems, have to content themselves with the sparse details which can be gleaned from Silva’s indictment. In fact, the narrative promoted, in the most part, by the main stream media, claims that the firearm alleged to have been in Silva’s possession , a Ruger P95 9mm pistol, was the weapon used in the murder of MIT Officer Shaun Collier on the night of 18th April, 2013. The main stream media, as has become common in all cases related to the bombing of the Boston marathon, credit their “additional information” to that most credible source, the “anonymous law enforcement official.”

Examples of media reports on Silva’s arrest can be found here:

These media reports have been the cause of some confusion. The Ruger pistol which was allegedly used by Tamerlan Tsarnaev during the Watertown shootout on 18th/19th April, 2013 was said to have been recovered at the scene. If this was the case, one would have cause to wonder when exactly Stephen Silva is alleged to have been in possession of this weapon? Earlier this year there were some media reports that this weapon had been traced to a drug dealer in Maine.

Are things as they might first appear in the case of Stephen Silva? Or, could it be that this individual finds himself facing criminal charges and incarceration because he is yet another who has failed to cooperate with the FBI? As far as we are aware, the FBI has seemingly little evidence to tie either of the Tsarnaev brothers to the murder of Officer Shaun Collier. Could it be that they need a witness for the prosecution in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? If this was the case, how far would the FBI be prepared to go in order to attain that witness? We are already aware that coercement  and intimidation are not outside the FBI’s repertoire.

Regardless of your opinion on the case of Stephen Silva, it must be admitted that these new leaks, again said to originate from law enforcement,  are significant in regards to the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On 2nd May, 2014, Tsarnaev’s defense team filed Doc 280, Motion for a Hearing: Re: Leaks & Public Comments by LE.  At Tsarnaev’s 5th Status Conference on 18th. June, 2014, Judge O’Toole denied this motion. Although he admonished the prosecution regarding these leaks by le, to all intents and purposes he did not act on this and has failed to do so since.

David Frank of Mass Lawyer’s Weekly  addressed these most recent leaks in regard to the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  saying, ” I would expect the subject of the Silva coverage to become an issue before U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. when the Tsarnaev case returns to court,” and, “O’Toole can’t be too thrilled about the Silva news, but whether that prompts him to take action remains to be seen.”

Will Judge O’Toole now be obliged to act, in an attempt to prevent further leaks by le, as Judy Clarke has so fervently urged? In the interests of justice and any inclination for a fair trial one would think so.

The judge presiding in the case of Stephen Silva is Judge Mark Wolf. He is said to have zero tolerance in regard to leaks. David Frank has tweeted, “That will be interesting.” Given le’s history of leaks in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and all those in some way associated with this case, this certainly should be interesting!

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