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Defendant Robel Phillipos appears before federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in this courtroom sketch by artist Jane Flavell Collins. Mr. Phillipos and two other college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Mr. Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
Photo by: Jane Flavell Collins
Defendant Robel Phillipos appears before federal Magistrate Marianne Bowler at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in this courtroom sketch by artist Jane Flavell Collins. Mr. Phillipos and two other college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Mr. Tsarnaev's dorm room. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

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