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Boston Bombing Suspect to Appear in Court Wednesday Afternoon

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The suspect in the Boston marathon bombing will be in court this afternoon.  He faces dozens of charges in the attack that killed three people.

Survivors of the Boston marathon attack are expected at the federal courthouse here this afternoon. It will be their first chance to face the suspect, accused of planting two bombs at the race's finish line in April.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, is being arraigned on 30 federal charges. They include using a weapon of mass destruction in the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Brothers Paul and J.P. Norden each lost a leg; but do not plan to attend.

J.P. Norden said, "Me going to court and seeing him it doesn't get me better so no. It doesn't matter to me right now."

But their mom Liz plans to be front row.

Liz Norden said, "My boys woke up completely normal, went to the marathon, then our lives have been turned upside down and inside out."

Hours before the hearing, extra heavy security was already in place at the courthouse. Dozens of officers swept for bombs and surrounded the building.

Tsarnaev's first hearing took place at a hospital, where he was recovering from a shootout with police. His older brother Tamerlan died in that confrontation and Dzhokhar was found the next day, hiding in a boat in the suburb of Watertown.

Prosecutors say he left notes in the boat hinting at his motivation - blaming the U.S. Government for killing Muslim civilians. Tsarnaev could face the death penalty.