Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Tsarnaev Family, Minus Mom, Arrives in US

Prosecution closes with video of dying boy

(Newser) - The family of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has arrived in Boston—and they may be called upon to help save his life. The defense in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bomber's trial begins on Monday and some of his relatives may testify, the Boston Globe reports. Tsarnaev has two... More »

Tsarnaev Defense Revisits His Middle Finger

Lawyer contends gesture wasn't as sinister as prosecution alleges

(Newser) - Jurors deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will live or die are suddenly being asked to pay a lot of attention to an image of him flipping the bird. Yesterday, prosecutors showed jurors the image, taken from video in his jail cell three months after the bombing, and cast it as the... More »

Tsarnaev Flips Off Camera in Photo Shown to Jury

It was taken just 3 months after attack; prosecutors call him 'unrepentant'

(Newser) - Prosecutors opened the death-penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial in memorable fashion: with a photo of the bomber flipping off a security camera in his jail cell just a few months after the attack. (The photo hasn't been made public, though WBUR posted a sketch on Twitter here... More »

Tsarnaev's Fate to Be Decided: 5 Things to Know

The sentencing phase begins today in Boston

(Newser) - Today marks the start of the second phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial in federal court, in which a jury will determine whether he should be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole. What you need to know:
  1. How this
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Parents of Boston Boy: Don't Kill Tsarnaev

Martin Richard's family says it will only prolong their pain

(Newser) - Few know the devastation of the Boston Marathon bombings better than Bill and Denise Richard—their 8-year-old son, Martin, was killed and their daughter, Jane, lost a leg. In the Boston Globe today, however, the Richards make a plea that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be spared the death penalty . The Richards ask... More »

Tsarnaev Jurors Must Steer Clear of Boston Marathon

And all memorial events related to 2013 attack, judge says

(Newser) - Jurors in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must stay away from this year's marathon and any events related to the anniversary of the 2013 attack, a judge warned today. Judge George O'Toole Jr. called jurors in to court to give them the... More »

Don't Execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Why some think the death penalty is misguided in this case

(Newser) - If jurors agree that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty when the sentencing phase of his trial begins next week , he shouldn't hold out hope of a reprieve from the governor. Charlie Baker supports execution in this case, reports MassLive . "To this day, I continue to be amazed... More »

Tsarnaev Guilty on All Counts, Faces Death Penalty

Next phase of trial begins next week

(Newser) - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all 30 counts he faced for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing , including 17 that make him eligible for the death penalty, the AP reports. A US District Court jury in Boston returned the verdict after about 11 hours of... More »

Attorney: Boston Bombing Was Not 'Twist of Fate'

Prosecutor makes closing argument in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial

(Newser) - As he planted a backpack containing a bomb just feet from a group of children, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a cold-hearted decision aimed at spreading terror and punishing America for its wars in Muslim countries, a federal prosecutor told jurors today during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's death penalty trial. "... More »

Harsh Boston Bombing Pics, Then Prosecution Rests

Medical examiner testifies how Martin Richard died at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial

(Newser) - Today, jurors wept. The prosecution has rested its case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but before doing so it had a medical examiner testify about how the Boston Marathon bombing literally tore apart its youngest victim. Dr. Henry Nields testified about what he saw on and in the 4-foot 5-inch body of... More »

Chief's Last Words to Cop Killed After Boston Bombs: Be Safe

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jurors hear about death of MIT officer Sean Collier

(Newser) - Jurors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev heard about the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier today, along with his chief's final exchange with him. As Chief John DiFava was leaving the campus, he spotted Collier's cruiser, reports NBC News . "I always make it a point... More »

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 »

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 »

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