Judy Clarke, a "prominent death penalty lawyer," in the words of the Associated Press, will represent the alleged Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"The defense team representing the Boston Marathon bombing suspect got a major boost Monday with the addition of Judy Clarke, a San Diego lawyer who has managed to get life sentences instead of the death penalty for several high-profile clients, including the Unabomber and the gunman in the rampage that injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords," reports the AP.

"Clarke’s appointment was approved Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler."

CNN confirmed last night that bill for the attorney would be picked up by "Uncle Sam," or the American taxpayer:

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