Boston Marathon Bombing

Dukakis Testifies on Behalf of Friend Tied to Boston Bomber


Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis testified on behalf of a friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber charged with lying to investigators on Thursday, saying he had known the defendant from a young age.

Dukakis, a Democrat who led the state from 1975 to 1979 and again from 1983 to 1991, said he called defendant Robel Phillipos several days after the bombing at the request of his mother, a family friend.

"He told me he had been questioned for five hours by the FBI," Dukakis said. "He told me he was so confused he didn't know what he had said."

Lawyers for Phillipos, 21, argue that their client was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember his actions on the night of April 18, 2013, when he is charged with accompanying two other men to the accused bomber's college dorm room, his lawyers assert.