Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boston waits to hear if Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will speak at death sentencing

Twenty-one-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who sat in stony silence through his trial and conviction for the Boston Marathon bombing will once again stand in that city’s full gaze on Wednesday as he is formally sentenced to death.

A judge will give him the chance to address the court, and Boston will listen to find out whether the condemned man finally speaks.

Judge George O’Toole Jr will formally sentence Tsarnaev on Wednesday morning after having presided over his long and emotional trial for the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. O’Toole is required to impose the death sentence recommended by a jury in May.

Tsarnaev stands to gain little to nothing by speaking in court, but the hearing may be his last major chance to make a statement or apology to victims and their families, many of whom are expected to speak to the court.

Nearly implacable despite sobbing testimony of victims’ families and the charged accounts of victims and first responders themselves, Tsarnaev has proven an enigmatic presence in court. Flanked by lawyers and framed by a growing wreath of hair and beard, he did little but slouch and occasionally whisper or smile with his attorneys.


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