Washington: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could avoid death penalty if he provided information about the attacks to investigators.
Some very preliminary talks are underway `for the past few days` to potentially allow Tsarnaev to resume providing investigators with information, government sources have said.
According to CNN, one source said that communications are in the very early stages, and not a sign lawyers for either side are ready to make a deal.
The discussions between prosecution and defense attorneys are at a `preliminary, delicate stage` and both refused to offer details of what either side would be willing to leverage, according to the sources.
Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd noted that `the federal charges against Tsarnaev authorize a penalty, upon conviction, of death or imprisonment for life, or any term of years`.
Legal sources said that it is not unusual for both sides to reach out and begin these kinds of conversations in high-profile criminal cases.
Government sources said that investigators are eager to resume questioning Tsarnaev, for any details about other possible suspects and plots, the report added.