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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (FBI photo)

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BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are requesting that attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) notify them in writing if they plan to introduce any evidence that Tsarnaev had a mental illness.

In a document filed Friday in federal court, prosecutors said the defense should disclose any such plans by May 7, a date previously set for pre-trial motions in the case.

The government said it was seeking notification of plans to present “expert evidence relating to a mental disease or defect or any other mental condition … which bears on either the issue of guilt of the issue of punishment.”

Tsarnaev’s lawyer Miriam Conrad declined to comment via a spokeswoman.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges in connection with last year’s attack, which killed three.

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