Boston Marathon bombing

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Jurors See Tsarnaev's Bloodstained Boat Message

Killing civilians is allowed, he wrote

(Newser) - The message that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scrawled inside a boa t as he hid from police was presented to jurors yesterday—complete with bloodstains and bullet holes. A Boston police officer testified that he saw the message as he searched the boat in a backyard in the suburb of Watertown for... More »

Survivor's Letter to Tsarnaev: You Don't Scare Me Anymore

Rebekah Gregory says looking him in the face in court helped

(Newser) - Rebekah Gregory lost a leg after the Boston Marathon bombing and faced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in court yesterday as she testified about her ordeal. In an open letter to him she posted to Facebook afterward, Gregory says it was both painful and cathartic. "I looked at you right in the... More »

Tsarnaev Attorney: 'It Was Him'

Defense admits his role in marathon bombings, but blames his brother

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seems to have a simple legal defense: Blame Tamerlan. As opening arguments got underway in Boston today in the marathon bombing trial, Tsarnaev's attorney made what the AP calls a "startling" admission: "It was him," said Judy Clarke. But she said Dzhokhar, now 21,... More »

Opening Statements Will Likely Portray 2 Tsarnaevs

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: active participant or easily influenced younger brother?

(Newser) - Two dramatically different portraits of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to emerge when prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers give their opening statements today at his federal death penalty trial. Was he a submissive, adoring younger brother who only followed directions given by his older, radicalized brother? Or... More »

FBI Sued Over Death of Tsarnaev Friend

'No authority is above the law,' rights group says

(Newser) - Leaders of a civil rights group say they plan to sue the FBI for $30 million on behalf of the family of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida filed a notice stating its intention... More »

Court: Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

Though dissenting judge thinks it's 'absurd'

(Newser) - Bostonians will decide the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an appeals court ruled yesterday. The three-judge panel rejected a defense request to change the venue on the grounds that the alleged marathon bomber couldn't get a fair trial there, reports the Boston Globe . “Every potential juror in the Eastern... More »

Injured Boston Marathon Couple Split Up

Decision more painful than amputation, survivor says

(Newser) - One of the stories of hope that came out of the Boston Marathon bombing doesn't have a fairy-tale ending after all. Rebekah Gregory, who was badly injured while waiting at the finish line along with then-boyfriend Pete DiMartino, is separating from DiMartino after less than a year of marriage,... More »

Judge: Defense Can't Delay Tsarnaev Trial Over Paris Attacks

Lawyers said violence could cause 'extraordinary prejudice'

(Newser) - Jury selection will continue in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial after a federal judge today rejected the Boston Marathon bombing suspect's bid to suspend it because of the Paris terror attacks. Tsarnaev's lawyers argued in a motion yesterday that the French terror attacks had placed the marathon bombings "... More »

6 Things to Know as Tsarnaev’s Trial Begins

First up: jury selection in case of Boston Marathon bombings

(Newser) - The first phase in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins today, and it's expected to be a lengthy one. Six things to know:
  1. The first step is the selection of a jury of 12 (plus six alternates), in a process that will begin with a
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Tsarnaev Back in Court for First Time in 18 Months

No signs of a plea deal with trial set for Jan. 5

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was back in court today for the first time in a year and a half, and maybe the most noteworthy aspect of the quick hearing was that no signs of a plea deal were evident, reports the Los Angeles Times . It would appear, then, that the Boston Marathon... More »

17 Operations Later, Boston Survivor Loses Her Leg

'It's not you, it's me,' Rebekah DiMartino writes to her leg

(Newser) - A 27-year-old survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings had her leg amputated yesterday after 17 operations to try to save it, reports NBC News . But to get a sense of Rebekah DiMartino's state of mind, it's better to check out her Facebook post prior to the operation in... More »

Boston Bombing Suspect's Pal Lied to FBI: Jury

Robel Phillipos fibbed about being in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room after attack

(Newser) - A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted today of two counts of lying to FBI investigators about the 2013 attack, the AP reports. Robel Phillipos, now 21, was accused of lying to agents about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room on April 18, 2013—three days... More »

Tsarnaev 'Knew Brother Took Part in Triple Murder'

Defense pushing for info on 2011 slayings

(Newser) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev's involvement in a grisly 2011 triple murder is relevant to his brother Dzhokhar's trial if Dzhokhar knew about it, defense lawyers say—and a federal prosecution witness is prepared to testify that he did. Court filings released Friday reveal that the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect'... More »

Tsarnaevs' Sister Accused of Bomb Threat

Ailiana Tsarnaeva allegedly threatened another woman

(Newser) - Another member of the Tsarnaev family was arrested today, and the charges revolve around a bomb threat, reports CBS New York . Ailiana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, allegedly called up her boyfriend's ex in Harlem and made the threat, reports the New York Post... More »

Tsarnaev Pal Guilty of Impeding Boston Inquiry

Azamat Tazhayakov convicted of obstruction of justice

(Newser) - A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty today of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. Prosecutors say he agreed with a friend who removed Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room several days... More »

Boston Victim Booted From TJ Maxx Over Service Dog

Sydney Corcoran says she was told to fit service dog in cart

(Newser) - A New Hampshire teen who survived the Boston Marathon bombing says she was forced to leave a Nashua TJ Maxx because she couldn’t cram her service dog, Koda, into a shopping cart, reports NewsCenter 5 . Sydney Corcoran, 19, who sustained shrapnel wounds and now suffers from PTSD, says a... More »

Key Charge Dropped in Boston Bomb Hoax

Kevin Edson no longer faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - That "performance artist" accused of a bomb hoax at this year's Boston Marathon is off the hook—at least for the heftiest charge he faced. The charge of making a false bomb threat, which could have landed 25-year-old Kevin Edson in prison for 20 years, has been dropped,... More »

Pal Treated Tsarnaevs to Dinner After Bombings

Khairullozhon Matanov is arrested on obstruction charges

(Newser) - So what did Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev do the night of the Boston Marathon bombings? They went out to dinner with a friend, his treat. In fact, that friend, Khairullozhon Matanov, called Tamerlan just 42 minutes after the bombs went off to arrange it, reports the Boston Globe . He also... More »

Here's What Tsarnaev Wrote in That Boat

Alleged bomber says he was 'jealous' of brother for dying first

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did indeed scrawl a statement on the inside of the boat he was captured inside of, and now we know what it says, thanks to newly filed court documents from prosecutors. "I'm jealous of my brother," because Tamerlan had presumably already received his heavenly reward,... More »

Boston Runners: We Ran, Limped, Walked ... Together

Reflections on joining together to triumph over tragedy

(Newser) - Today's Boston marathon is in the books , but what makes the race so special will continue to reverberate beyond today, or even this year. Boston runners and their supporters share their thoughts:
  • "In no other sport do the underwear-wearing elites compete on the same asphalt, at generally the
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