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BOSTON (CBS) – The public defender assigned to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been in the spotlight before.

Miriam Conrad works for the Federal Public Defender’s office in downtown Boston.

These attorneys are assigned to federal criminal cases in situations where the defendant cannot afford an attorney.

Conrad was not doing interviews Tuesday, but WBZ-TV knows she has been in these situations before.

Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland could have gotten life in prison.

The Ashland man had plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled planes.

Last fall he agreed to a 17-year prison term. His defense attorney was Conrad who will now represent the 19-year-old man charged with the marathon bombing.

He faces the possibility of the death penalty.

In 2001 Richard Reed, a Muslim extremist, was arrested when he landed in Boston.

Known as the “shoe bomber” for attempting to blow up an American…

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