Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Tsarnaev's Fate in Jury's Hands

Attorneys spar in closing arguments of Boston Bomber's trial

(Newser) - Now Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's fate is up to the jury: either life in prison or the death sentence. Attorneys made their closing arguments today in the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial, with prosecutors focusing on the carnage he helped inflict and defense attorneys on his reported remorse, the Boston ... More »

Defense Lawyer: Boston Bomber Was a 'Good Kid'

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev led astray by volatile older brother Tamerlan: attorney

(Newser) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers pleaded with a jury today to spare his life, portraying him as "a good kid" led down the path to terrorism by his increasingly fanatical older brother. During the defense's opening statement of the penalty stage of Tsarnaev's trial, attorney... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Tsarnaev's Gun Linked to Maine Drug Gang Boss

Tale highlights Boston Marathon suspect's possible drug-dealing ties

(Newser) - It's still unclear how Tamerlan Tsarnaev obtained the gun he used to shoot officers after the Boston Marathon bombing—but the weapon's trail points to possible ties between Tsarnaev and gangs in Maine, the Los Angeles Times reports. Tsarnaev's involvement with Maine drug trafficking may have funded... More »

Cops Who Caught Tsarnaev Can Learn From Mistakes

They were brave, yes, but not error-free: Thomas Gagen

(Newser) - It's appropriate to remember the heroism of police as we honor the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings—but it's also important to acknowledge, and learn from, the mistakes officers made as they searched for the Tsarnaev brothers in Watertown a year ago, writes Thomas Gagen in the... More »

Boston Marks a Somber Anniversary

Marathon audience expected to double this year

(Newser) - Today marks one year since two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people, injured hundreds, and horrified the nation, and the city is preparing for a week of commemorations—including this year's marathon, which will go ahead on Monday under tight security.
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Russia Didn't Reveal Tsarnaev Phone Call to FBI

Per a source, inspector general's report finds FBI 'did all that it could'

(Newser) - An inspector general's report has concluded Russia withheld information on Tamerlan Tsarnaev that could have very likely led the FBI to more carefully investigate him—two years before the Boston Marathon bombing, the New York Times reports. Though Russian officials did share details on Tsarnaev in 2011 regarding his... More »

Tsarnaev Tried to Change His Name Before Bombing

Wanted to honor rebel fighter from Dagestan

(Newser) - On Jan. 23, 2013, less than three months before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was ready to reinvent himself. He applied that day to change his first name to "Muaz," in honor of a rebel from Russia's Dagestan republic who was killed by Russian forces in... More »

Tsarnaev Friend's Murder Confession Revealed?

Photo purports to show fateful legal pad

(Newser) - A Florida prosecutor and the Department of Justice each issued reports yesterday clearing agents of wrongdoing in the killing of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's pal Ibragim Todashev, and revealing new details about the incident. One such detail: At one point, Todashev wrote out a confession. The Florida report contains a comically... More »

Tsarnaev Warning Missed Because of ... Spelling?

Russia warned US about Chechen brothers

(Newser) - Could better spelling have prevented the Boston Marathon bombing? A soon-to-be released congressional report finds that the US missed multiple chances to detain Tamerlan Tsarnaev after receiving warnings from Russian authorities, NBC reports. In July 2012, less than a year before the bombing, Tsarnaev returned to the US from Dagestan,... More »

Report Clears FBI Agent in Death of Tsarnaev Friend

Ibragim Todashev attacked agent first, prosecutor concludes

(Newser) - An FBI agent won't face charges in a high-profile shooting related to the Boston Marathon bombing. A Florida prosecutor has decided that the unidentified agent acted in self-defense when he fatally shot an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev during questioning in Florida last year, report the Washington Post and Boston ... More »

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Heard Voices: Report

Results of 5-month investigation published

(Newser) - The Boston Globe yesterday published the results of its five-month investigation that delved into Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and the very first line of the 18,000-word piece presents an attention-grabbing claim: That Tamerlan "started hearing the voice as a young man. ... It frightened him, as the voice inside... More »

Tsarnaev 'Participated' in Triple Murder: Dead Friend

Ibragim Todashev made statement just before he was shot: documents

(Newser) - Before he was killed by the FBI in a bizarre incident , Ibragim Todashev told agents that his friend Tamerlan Tsarnaev was indeed linked to a 2011 triple murder , according to papers filed by federal prosecutors in a Boston court on Monday. "According to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the... More »

Tsarnaevs Swayed by Brain-Damaged Conspiracy Buff?

Suspects befriended Donald Larking, who gave them far-right reading

(Newser) - Did a brain-damaged American help turn the Boston bombing suspects against the US? The far-right and conspiracy theorist publications found in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's apartment appear to have been supplied by an elderly man befriended by the brothers through their mother's job as a home health aide, the Wall ... More »

Father of Slain Tsarnaev Friend Will Sue FBI

He wants to know the truth about Florida shooting

(Newser) - The father of the Chechen man shot dead by the FBI while being interviewed about his friendship with Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he plans to sue the agency—not for compensation, but for the truth about his son's death. Abdulbaki Todashev, father of 27-year-old Ibragim, has traveled... More »

Tsarnaev's Library: 'Hitler Had a Point,' Mass Killings

Older brother was reading up on drones, Gitmo

(Newser) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev 's library was full of far-right reading material ranging from white supremacist tracts to writings on "the rape of our gun rights," the BBC reports after speaking to friends of Tsarnaev and his brother, Dzhokhar. "Hitler had a point," read one piece.... More »

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