CRIME
04/17/2014 02:28 pm ET | Updated Apr 17, 2014

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect's Note: 'You Kill One Of Us, You Hurt Us All'

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An image obtained by ABC News shows part of a note allegedly written by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shortly before he was apprehended by law enforcement last April.

ABC News published a transcript of the message, which was found written on the inside of a boat where Tsarnaev hid from police.

It reads:

“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that… I can’t stand to see such [bullet hole] go unpunished. We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [bullet hole] us all.”

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count federal indictment stemming from explosions at the Boston Marathon's finish line last year that killed three people and injured 260. State officials and local law enforcement confirmed the authenticity of the image.

On Wednesday, defense lawyers asked a judge to reduce the charges against the 20-year-old suspect, claiming some of them were redundant. They also want to ease some of Tsarnaev's restrictions in prison, where he is kept isolated without access to the Internet or television.

Lawyers for the younger Tsarnaev brother plan to argue that he was swayed by his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police in a manhunt following the bombing.

“His life story, the influences on him,” Peter H. White, a Washington, D.C., attorney, said in a Boston Herald interview about Tsarnaev's defense this week. “I think it’s all they have at this point. The evidence the government has appears very strong... I don’t think it’s an irrational choice at all. In some ways, it’s pretty obvious.”

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