21st Century Wire says…
A guilty verdict was finally returned this morning in Boston.
A jury found ‘Boston Bomber’ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (image, left) guilty on ALL 30 counts against him, including conspiracy to use a “weapon of mass destruction” (kitchen pressure cooker) and “bombing of a public place.”
The jury will now decide his sentence – either life in prison, or the death penalty – following an extensive round of testimony by additional witnesseses, as well as victims of the marathon attack and victims’ family members. The state of Massachusetts does not have a death penalty, but the federal government will carry out the execution if the jury opts for capital punishment.
It’s possible, but not likely, that Dzhokhar could take the witness stand to plead for his own life. His defense lawyers did not allow him to testify at all during the trial.
As long and grueling as this trial might have been, it appears to have skipped over all of the really important and compelling evidence in this case. If you are interested in finding out what lies below the official prescribed narrative of the Boston Bombing, please read the following investigation by 21WIRE:
READ: 5 Key Questions That Were Not Asked During Trial of ‘Boston Bomber’ Dzhokhar
More from John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston…
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Convicted Of Boston Marathon Bombing
BOSTON — Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old who admitted he and his brother bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, has been found guilty on all 30 counts against him, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and bombing of a public place.
The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for roughly 11 hours over two days before reaching a verdict.
The verdict now sets up a penalty phase, in which the defendant’s lawyers will try to save him from death row.
Though Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty, the trial began March 4 with defense lawyer Judy Clarke’s blunt admission that Tsarnaev and his older brother, each armed with a pressure cooker bomb concealed in a backpack, carried out the devastating April 15, 2013, attack.
The bulk of the charges Tsarnaev faced were connected to the bombing. Three people were killed and 264 injured when two homemade bombs ripped through the crowd near the finish line. Boston was in a state of panic for four days as investigators scrambled to identify the bombers and bring them to justice.
The charges also cover the carjacking of a Chinese businessman, the deadly shooting of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, and a gunfight in Watertown, Massachusetts, in which the brothers hurled explosives and fired at police.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the defendant’s older brother, was run over by Dzhokhar in the battle. He also suffered gunshot wounds. Doctors pronounced him dead early on April 19, and police captured Dzhokhar around 8:45 p.m. that same day.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty in closing arguments on April 6 said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a “bloodthirsty” killer who wanted to “punish America” for its foreign policy and treatment of Muslims.
Clarke admitted that Dzhokhar played a role, but said he followed Tamerlan’s lead.
“We don’t deny that Dzhokhar fully participated in the events, but if it were not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened,” said Clarke during her closing argument.
Securing a life sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been seen as the defense team’s overriding goal.
The same jury will now choose between life without parole or a death sentence after hearing testimony from new witnesses. Massachusetts law does not allow for the death penalty, but this trial was held in federal court.
Victims of the marathon attack and their family members will almost certainly testify for the prosecution in the sentencing phase.
During the first half of the trial, the defense sought testimony showing that Tamerlan manipulated Dzhokhar into participating in the bombing, but District Court Judge George O’Toole limited testimony along those lines. With those restrictions relaxed during the sentencing phase, jurors can expect to hear more about the brothers’ relationship and Tamerlan’s personality…
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