Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Opens With Opposing Portraits of Tsarnaev

BOSTON — In a dramatic opening statement, Judy Clarke, the lead defense lawyer for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, quickly, almost suddenly, acknowledged what to many has seemed obvious — that her client had in fact set off the bombs that ripped through the 2013 Boston Marathon and killed three people.
“For the next several weeks, we’re all going to come face to face with unbearable grief, loss and pain caused by a series of senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers,” she said, naming Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who is dead, and his younger brother Dzhokhar, then 19.
“There is little that occurred,” Ms. Clarke said, referring to the government’s description of the bombings and the subsequent murder of an M.I.T. police officer, a carjacking and a shootout in nearby Watertown, Mass., “that we dispute.”

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