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Tsarnaev's attorneys to argue for removal of prison restrictions

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- Attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plan to make their case to have restrictions placed on him in prison lifted at a November hearing.

A motion hearing and status conference has been set for Nov. 12 in the case against Tsarnaev. During the hearing, a federal judge is expected to address a motion to vacate Special Administrative Measures.

Earlier this month, Tsarnaev's lawyers field a motion saying outside of receiving visits from them, their 20-year-old client has been confined to his cell. They also claim he has "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure. The attorneys said the Special Administrative Measures were imposed in August at the request of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the approval of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

"SAMs," as they are known, are used in terrorism cases and other high-profile cases when authorities allege there is "substantial risk" that a defendant's communications or contacts with people "could result in death or serious bodily injury" to others. The special restrictions were placed on shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh and other terror suspects.

The measures restrict access to the mail, the media, the telephone and visitors.

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