Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Wraps Up With Clashing Portraits of Naïveté and Extremism

BOSTON — The courtroom filled with a swelling chorus of Islamic chants as television screens showed the battlefield carnage on Boylston Street, with severed limbs, an 11-year-old boy with bone fragments from someone else lodged in his body, and bright red blood splashed on the pavement like so many buckets of paint.
Once more, the people of Boston on Monday were plunged back into that moment on April 15, 2013, when Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, a pair of immigrant brothers, terrorized the city and the nation by setting off deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
...Ms. Clarke walked the jury through evidence that she said showed Tamerlan led the way on virtually every act of violence and made every purchase in connection with the bomb making. “You know who made these bombs — it was Tamerlan,” she said.
She then asked the jury rhetorically why this mattered, when she was acknowledging that her client had been involved in the crimes.
“It matters because we are entitled to know the full picture,” she said. “We don’t deny that Jahar fully participated in the events,” she said, using his Americanized nickname, “but if not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened.”
The jury, made up of seven women and five men, all white, will weigh 30 counts against Mr. Tsarnaev, including whether he used a weapon of mass destruction. The jurors are all but certain to find him guilty on most counts. After they return their verdict, the same jurors will move on to a second phase, in which they will decide whether to sentence him to death or to life in prison.
More:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/07/us/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-boston-marathon-bombing-closing-statements.html

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