Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Boston Bombing Verdict Reached; Conviction on Most Counts Expected

A federal jury has reached a verdict in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failing college student and the youngest child in a dispersed Russian immigrant family, who was on trial in the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon, the worst act of terrorism on American soil since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The jury is to pronounce its verdict shortly in Federal District Court here, and New York Times reporters in the courthouse will update this article as soon as it does.

But there is little doubt that Mr. Tsarnaev will be found guilty on most of the 30 charges against him; his lawyers have admitted that he was involved in the bombings, and they put on a minimal defense, calling just four witnesses who testified for five hours. The government, by contrast, called 92 witnesses over 15 days.


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