Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty, Blows a Kiss
Dzhokhar makes the plea to all 30 counts in Boston bombing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2013 2:58 PM CDT
This courtroom sketch depicts Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his arraignment.   (AP Photo/Margaret Small)

(Newser) – His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty today in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first public appearance since his capture in mid-April. As victims of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided smile to his sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury, and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek.

Then, after he leaned in toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty" over and over in a Russian accent, he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, making a kissing gesture toward his family with his lips. His sister sobbed loudly, resting her head on a woman seated next to her. Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and could get the death penalty if prosecutors choose to pursue it. Tsarnaev looked much as he did in a photo widely circulated after his arrest, his hair curly and unkempt. He appeared nonchalant, almost bored during the hearing. The cast covered his left forearm, his hand, and his fingers.

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Jul 13, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
"Martyrdom" is what fundamentalist Muslims crave most, just as Evangelicals crave "the Rapture." He wants to be executed by the "infidels" to get his ticket to Paradise. Westerners don't understand this.
Jul 11, 2013 10:08 AM CDT
"Blows a kiss". There are some mighty tough mugs that are Chicago Cubs baseball fans. They like to sit in the bleachers seats. They'd "blow him a kiss", that he'd have trouble getting up off the ground afterwards from. Buy him a bleachers ticket. . . . Take him out at the ball game, Take him out by the crowd. Pelt him with peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if he never gets back
Jul 11, 2013 12:06 AM CDT
They should have finished him off when he was in the boat and made swiss cheese out of the boat he was hiding in. Now we'll be treated to the nut cakes that will defend them with their pseudo science. He's just a misunderstood "child" they'll claim and the media will eat up the bleeding heart's stories.