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« Reply #260 on: August 15, 2013, 07:58:56 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/boston-bomb-survivor-prosthetic-leg-19975320
Boston Bomb Survivor, 7, Using New Prosthetic Leg
August 16, 2013

 7-year-old girl who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings is learning to use a prosthetic leg as her family still mourns the death of her older brother in the April attack.

The family of Jane Richard and the late 8-year-old Martin Richard said Thursday she already is dancing on her prosthetic leg and "struts around on it with great pride."

"While we have made progress with our physical injuries, the emotional pain seems every bit as new as it was four months ago," the Richard family said in a statement Thursday.

Parents Bill and Denise Richard also were hurt in the attack April 15, when two shrapnel-loaded pressure cookers exploded near the marathon's finish line, killing three people and injuring about 260 others. Denise Richard lost sight in one eye, and Bill Richard suffered hearing loss. Their 11-year-old son, Henry Richard, was uninjured.
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« Reply #261 on: August 29, 2013, 05:09:54 PM »

http://boston.com/metrodesk/2013/08/29/phillipos/L4Z45nkikfBYbGWIYEA73J/story.html
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev college buddy is indicted; Robel Phillipos is third to face charges
August 29, 2013

A federal grand jury today indicted Robel Phillipos, a friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on charges of lying to investigators during a terrorism probe, despite attempts by Phillipos’s defense lawyers to resolve the case.

Phillipos, a 19-year-old Cambridge native, is accused of lying to investigators about removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room with two other friends the night of April 18, three days after the bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
 
The grand jury charged Phillipos with two counts of making false statements on two different occasions during a terrorism investigation. He was initially arrested in May on the same charges and later released on bond. The indictment is the next step in the criminal process.

A court date for his arraignment has not been set but his lawyers have said he had nothing to do with the bombings and that he was a frightened young man who struggled amid intense interrogation by federal investigators.

If convicted, Phillipos faces up to eight years in federal prison on each of the two counts.

Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede a terrorism investigation. They have pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice and five years for the conspiracy charge. They are in federal custody pending trial.

All face up to three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each charge. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are also facing deportation to Kazakhstan once the criminal case is completed.

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« Reply #262 on: September 13, 2013, 01:26:32 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/13/us-usa-explosions-boston-idUSBRE98C0B920130913
Two friends of Boston bomber plead not guilty to cover-up charges
September 13, 2103

(Reuters) - Two college friends of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges that they helped cover his tracks when the FBI was trying to find the people responsible for the April 15 attack.

The appearance in federal court in Boston of a third man charged in the same case was postponed until later on Friday. All three are charged with going to Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombing, where they removed a laptop and a backpack containing empty fireworks shells after receiving a text message from him telling them to "go to my room and take what's there," according to court papers.

Dias Kadyrbayev, of Kazakhstan, pleaded not guilty to the charge of obstruction of justice and could face 25 years in prison or deportation. His lawyer, Robert Stahl, said after the hearing that Kadyrbayev did not understand what Tsarnaev had done.

"There was no criminal intent from him to help Dzhokhar, no obstruction of justice in any way," Stahl told reporters.

Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to charges of lying to investigators and could face up to 16 years in prison. Lawyers and supporters of Phillipos ushered him out of the courthouse and into a waiting black sports utility vehicle.

His lawyers said in a statement that Phillipos "had nothing to do whatsoever with the Boston Marathon bombing or destroying any evidence afterwards ... in the end, it will be clear that this prosecution should never have been brought in the first place."

The third man, Azamat Tazhayakov, also of Kazakhstan, was not present in court due to a train delay that affected his lawyer. He has previously pleaded not guilty to obstruction charges and also could face 25 years in prison or deportation.

None of the men is charged with involvement in the bombing.
 
Prosecutors said they planned to present about 20 witnesses in a trial they estimated would take two weeks.

Federal prosecutors said that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 20, and his older brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and injured 264 others with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the crowded finish line of the marathon on April 15.

Three days later, after the FBI released pictures of the duo, then known only as suspects 1 and 2, standing near the finish line and asked the public for help in identifying them.

On the night of April 18, after communicating with the younger Tsarnaev via text message, the three college friends entered Tsarnaev's room and removed evidence, prosecutors said. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov later threw out the backpack, while Phillipos lied about his involvement, prosecutors said.

Later that night, the Tsarnaev brothers went on to shoot and kill a university police officer, prosecutors charge, before engaging in a gun battle with police in Watertown, Massachusetts, that ended when Dzhokhar fled, running over his 26-year-old brother in the proces
 
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« Reply #263 on: September 15, 2013, 09:26:35 PM »

It's really sad some of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombs will struggle for the rest of their lives.   

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/for-some-boston-marathon-bombing-victims-charity-checks-bring-frustration/2013/09/15/759bd786-1983-11e3-82ef-a059e54c49d0_story.html
For some Boston Marathon bombing victims, charity checks bring frustration
September 15, 2013


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« Reply #264 on: September 18, 2013, 07:17:39 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/bella-tsarnaeva-in-court_n_3940851.html
Bella Tsarnaeva, Sister Of Boston Bombings Suspects, Appears In New Jersey Court
September 17, 2013

HACKENSACK, N.J. — A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has appeared in a New Jersey courtroom on marijuana possession and distribution charges.

Bella Tsarnaeva's (tsahr-NEYE'-eh-vuhz) criminal record likely will be cleared.

The Record newspaper reports that Bergen County prosecutors have said they'll admit her into a pretrial intervention program. But the case was adjourned Monday while lawyers continue to work out a plea deal for her boyfriend.

Police responding to a domestic violence call in December searched the couple's Fairview home after officers said they smelled marijuana.

 

The sister has never been implicated in the Boston attacks.

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« Reply #265 on: September 23, 2013, 05:00:34 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/23/boston-bombing-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-death-penalty/2854293/
Tsarnaev lawyers ask for more time
September 23, 2013

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have asked a judge to order federal prosecutors to give them more time to make their case against the death penalty.

In court Monday, Tsarnaev's lawyers said they have not received key evidence from prosecutors yet and have not had enough time to submit a proposal arguing that Tsarnaev does not deserve the death penalty.

A prosecutor argued it's been almost six months since the marathon bombing, a "reasonable" amount of time for the defense to make its case. He said prosecutors plan to make their recommendation to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder by Oct. 31. Holder will have the ultimate say on whether to seek the death penalty.
 
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« Reply #266 on: October 07, 2013, 11:30:24 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/07/massachusetts-prosecutors-seek-arrest-warrant-for-dzhokhar-tsarnaev/
Arrest warrant issued for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Massachusetts
October 7, 2013

WOBURN, MASS. –  A Massachusetts court has issued an arrest warrant for state charges against the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in custody after pleading not guilty to federal charges stemming from the April 15 explosions at the finish line that killed three people.

Massachusetts prosecutors say they sought the new warrant to preserve their right to pursue murder and other state charges.

Tsarnaev was indicted in June on state charges including murder in the death of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.

He was supposed to be arraigned Monday, but a prosecutor says U.S. marshals are unable to bring Tsarnaev to state court until his federal case concludes.
 
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« Reply #267 on: October 07, 2013, 11:41:18 AM »

http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2013/10/02/2098826/marathon-suspect-wants-prison.html
Marathon suspect wants prison restrictions lifted
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2013 / Updated: Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013 01:14 AM

BOSTON --
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Wednesday to lift restrictions placed on him in prison, arguing that the conditions are overly harsh, have left him nearly totally isolated and are impairing their ability to defend him.

Tsarnaev's lawyers said in a motion filed in court that he has been confined to his cell except for visits from them and has "very limited access" to a small outdoor enclosure.

Tsarnaev, 20, is accused of building and planting bombs near the finish line of the April 15 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260. Authorities say he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, ethnic Chechens from Russia who emigrated to the United States as children, planned and carried out the attack to retaliate against the U.S. for its involvement in Muslim countries.
 
In their motion, Tsarnaev's lawyers said "Special Administrative Measures" were imposed on their client beginning in August, at the request of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and the approval of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

"SAMs," as they are known, are used in terrorism cases and other high-profile cases when authorities allege there is "substantial risk" that a defendant's communications or contacts with people "could result in death or serious bodily injury" to others. The special restrictions were placed on shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid, "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh and other terror suspects.

The measures restrict access to the mail, the media, the telephone and visitors.

Tsarnaev's lawyers say prosecutors have presented no evidence that the special restrictions are needed in Tsarnaev's case.

"The government has not alleged that Mr. Tsarnaev has done or said anything since his arrest to commit violence, incite violence, or engage in communications that pose a security threat," his lawyers argued in the filing.

They also said the special measures limit Tsarnaev's interaction with people who are helping the defense and restrict the communications and other activities of the defense team.

A spokeswoman for Ortiz did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

In a memo outlining the factual basis for the restrictions, prosecutors said Tsarnaev "reaffirmed his commitment to jihad and expressed hope that his actions would inspire others to engage in violent jihad" while he was being interviewed by the FBI after he was captured.

"There is no indication that Tsarnaev's intentions have changed since then," prosecutors said in the memo, which was included in the defense motion.


The government also notes that Tsarnaev has gained "widespread notoriety" since his arrest and has received nearly 1,000 pieces of unsolicited mail.
 
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« Reply #268 on: October 16, 2013, 11:26:28 AM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/us-usa-explosions-boston-idUSBRE99F0DJ20131016
'I'm not crazy,' says man who found accused Boston bomber: report
October 16, 2013

(Reuters) - The owner of the boat where the accused Boston Marathon bomber was found hiding told the Boston Globe that he is "not crazy" and never would have searched had he thought the accused bomber was hiding there.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused bomber, took cover in a boat parked in David Henneberry's backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an overnight gun battle with police that followed the killing of a university police officer and left Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, dead. He was found at the end of a day-long lockdown of most of the Boston area four days after the blasts.

Like most area residents, 66-year-old Henneberry and his wife, Beth, had spent April 19 hiding out in their home as heavily armed police conducted a door-to-door search for the surviving suspect. Only after a shelter-in-place order was lifted did Henneberry walk out into his backyard to investigate what had moved some of the plastic covering his boat.

"If I had seen blood out there, I wouldn't have investigated it," he told the Globe in an interview published on Wednesday. "I'm not crazy."
 
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« Reply #269 on: October 16, 2013, 11:31:47 AM »

http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23706488/2013/10/16/tsarnaevs-sister-to-appear-in-south-boston-district-court
Tsarnaev's sister to appear in Boston court in counterfeit bill case
October 16, 2013

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The older sister of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to appear in South Boston District Court Wednesday in a counterfeit bill investigation.

A spokesperson for the Suffolk County District Attorney's office tells FOX 25 Ailina Tsarnaeva, 23, is expected to remove a default she incurred by failing to show up to court in 2011 on a charge of misleading an investigator who was probing a counterfeit bill case.
 
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« Reply #270 on: October 16, 2013, 11:46:31 AM »

We've read all about the two murdering Tsarnaev brothers.  One is dead and the other facing trial.  Their sister is expected to appear in court in regard to misleading investigators in a counterfeit bill investigation, after failing to show up at court the first time.  Then, I remember mother dear wasn't exactly a model citizen after she immigrated to the U.S. either.  Anyone remember her?    

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/25/us/boston-attack/?sr=google_news&google_editors_picks=true
Suspects' mother says bombing was staged with paint instead of blood
April 25, 2013

CNN) -- The mother of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing says she believes the tragedy that killed three people and injured dozens more was staged, that the bombing was fake.
 
Her husband, Anzor Tsarnaev, is expected to step off a flight in the United States in the coming days after a long journey from Dagestan. He told reporters he may leave Thursday for the United States.
He has vowed to cooperate in the bombing investigation.
Zubeidat Tsarnaev is not coming with him.
She's wanted on 2012 felony charges of shoplifting and property damage in Massachusetts, according to court officials.
The family lived there before she jumped bail, and they moved the same year to Dagestan, a semiautonomous region of Russia, officials said.

 
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« Reply #271 on: November 01, 2013, 11:38:13 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/23/boston-marathon-suspect-may-pin-blame-on-brother/
Boston Marathon bombing suspect may pin blame on brother
October 23, 2013

BOSTON –  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers may try to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing by arguing he fell under the murderous influence of his older brother, legal experts say.

The outlines of a possible defense came into focus this week when it was learned that Tsarnaev's attorneys are trying to get access to investigative records implicating the now-dead brother in a grisly triple slaying committed in 2011.

In court papers Monday, federal prosecutors acknowledged publicly for the first time that a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev told investigators that Tamerlan participated in the unsolved killings of three men who were found in a Waltham apartment with their throats slit, marijuana sprinkled over their bodies.

The younger Tsarnaev's lawyers argued in court papers that any evidence of Tamerlan's involvement is "mitigating information" that is critical as they prepare Dzhokhar's defense. They asked a judge to force prosecutors to turn over the records.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, faces 30 federal charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction, in the twin bombings April 15 that killed three people and injured more than 260. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a gunbattle with police days later.

The government is still deciding whether to pursue the death penalty for the attack, which investigators say was retaliation for the U.S. wars in Muslim lands
 
Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said the defense may be trying to show that the older brother was the guiding force.

"If I was a defense attorney and was seeking perhaps to draw attention to the influence the older brother had in planning the bombing, I would use his involvement in other crimes to show that he was likely the main perpetrator in the Boston bombing," Dieter said.

"I would take the position that my client, the younger brother, was strongly influenced by his older brother, and even if he is culpable, the death penalty is too extreme in this case."

Similarly, Aitan D. Goelman, who was part of the legal team that prosecuted Oklahoma City bombing figures Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, said the defense may be looking to minimize the younger brother's role in the bombing.

"I think the mostly likely reason is that if they are arguing some kind of mitigation theory that the older brother was a monster and the younger brother was under his sway or intimidated or dominated by him," he said.

Investigators have given no motive for the 2011 slayings. One victim was a boxer and friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's.

Federal prosecutors said in court papers that Ibragim Todashev, another friend of Tamerlan's, told authorities that Tamerlan took part in the killings. Todashev was shot to death in Florida in May by authorities while being questioned.

Prosecutors argued that turning over the records would damage the investigation into the killings.
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« Reply #272 on: November 01, 2013, 11:59:24 AM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/23/us-usa-bombing-marathon-idUSBRE99M04320131023
Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect linked to triple killings
October 22, 2013


October 23, 2013

(Reuters) - Slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev took part in a 2011 triple homicide in a nearby town, according to a Chechen immigrant who was himself killed when approached by investigators for questioning, federal prosecutors said on Monday in newly filed court papers.

Ibragim Todashev, 27, who has been identified as an acquaintance of Tsarnaev from their days as mixed martial-arts fighters in Boston, told investigators Tsarnaev participated in the murders of three men found stabbed to death in September 2011 in an apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts, according to the filing.

U.S. media had previously reported that one of the victims was a close friend of Tsarnaev and authorities believe the killings were drug related.

The FBI has said Todashev was shot and killed by a federal agent about a month after the marathon bombings when he suddenly turned violent while being questioned about possible links to Tsarnaev.

The latest disclosure about Tsarnaev came in a 23-page brief arguing against a motion by lawyers for his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is in custody on federal charges related to the marathon bombing that carry the death penalty.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers are seeking to force the government to share with defense attorneys investigative materials pertaining to his deceased older brother, Tamerlan.

The two siblings, both ethnic Chechens, are suspected of planting two pressure-cooker bombs that detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

After allegedly shooting a police officer to death in an ambush three days later, the pair went on to engage in a late-night gun battle with police in nearby Watertown that ended with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, dead, and 20-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, escaping.

Police later captured the younger Tsarnaev after a daylong manhunt in which most of the Boston area was placed on a security lockdown.
 
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« Reply #273 on: November 12, 2013, 04:21:49 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/12/us-usa-explosions-boston-idUSBRE9AB0JS20131112
Recommendation on death penalty for accused Boston bomber near
November 12, 2013

(Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts will decide within a week whether to recommend the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told a court hearing on Tuesday that the sentencing recommendation would go to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will have until January 31 to make the final say on the government's recommended punishment for the 20-year-old ethnic Chechen.

Tsarnaev is accused of detonating twin pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned foot race on April 15, killing three people and injuring 264, many of them losing limbs. It was the worst attack on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001.

In the hearing before U.S. District Court Judge George O'Toole Jr., attorneys for Tsarnaev accused the government of throwing up unfair obstacles to hinder preparation of their client's defense.

They said an initial proposal by prosecutors to hold the trial in the fall of 2014 was "completely unworkable," given the complexity of the case and complained that the government was not sharing important evidence.

They also argued that restrictive terms on Tsarnaev's confinement - including limits on who can speak to him or relay information to and from him during his incarceration - posed a threat to its ability to prepare a defense case.

"This is not a level playing field," defense attorney Miriam Conrad told the court. "It appears the government is trying to retain every possible advantage in this case for itself."

Judge O'Toole said it was too early to set a trial date, deferred a decision on evidence sharing and agreed to let the prosecution and defense negotiate on Tsarnaev's prison restrictions, possibly drawing up a list of people allowed to interact with him on the defense's behalf.

The restrictions were put in place by the U.S. Justice Department over concerns that Tsarnaev could communicate messages that might trigger another attack.

Tsarnaev is being kept separate from other prisoners at the facility west of Boston where he is being held awaiting trial. His lawyers have been ordered not to share messages from Tsarnaev with the outside world.
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« Reply #274 on: November 12, 2013, 07:12:23 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/News/boston-bomb-suspect-prison-restrictions-violate-civil-rights/story?id=20866284
Boston Bomb Suspect Says Prison Restrictions Violate His Civil Rights
November 12, 2013

Lawyers for accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said prison restrictions on the suspect were so tight they violate his civil rights and the judge conceded they may interfere with Tsarnaev's ability to defend himself in court.

But prosecutors argued that the tough restrictions on Tsarnaev were necessary because Tsarnaev's communication with people other than his lawyers "could result in death or serious bodily harm."

"Tsarnaev's desire to inspire others to commit acts of terrorism is evident in the message he wrote in pen on the inside of the boat,'' the government wrote in its opposition to lift prison restrictions. "This was a clarion call to radical militants."
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/01/boston-marathon-bomber-tsarnaev/3760253/
Death penalty for Boston bomber a complicated question
December 1, 2013

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« Reply #276 on: January 29, 2014, 06:11:20 PM »

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-usa-explosionsboston-20140129,0,6547933.story
Death penalty decision looms for Boston bomb suspect
January 29, 2014

BOSTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department will
decide this week whether to seek the death penalty for suspected
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of setting off
two pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the
world-renowned race.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the Senate Judiciary
Committee on Wednesday that he would announce his decision
before a Friday deadline set by a U.S. District Court Judge in
Boston.

Tsarnaev, a 20-year-old ethnic Chechen, is accused of
detonating the home-made bombs along with his older brother,
Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with police several
days after the April 15 attack.

Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed in
the blasts, which marked the worst attack on U.S. soil since
Sept. 11, 2001. Another 264 people were injured by shrapnel,
many of them losing limbs.

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« Reply #277 on: January 31, 2014, 08:17:42 AM »

http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/U_S__prosecutors_to_seek_death_penalty_for_Marathon_bombing_suspect.html

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U.S. to seek death penalty for marathon bombing suspect

Seventeen of 30 charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carry the possibility of death, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, accusing him of betraying his adopted country by ruthlessly carrying out a terrorist attack calculated to cause maximum carnage.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to press for Tsarnaev’s execution was widely expected. The twin blasts last April killed three people and wounded more than 260, and over half the 30 federal charges against Tsarnaev — including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill — carry a possible death sentence.
 
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement of just two terse and dispassionate sentences that instantly raised the stakes in one of the most wrenching criminal cases Boston has ever seen.
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« Reply #278 on: January 31, 2014, 10:18:44 AM »

I think LWOP would be a better than the DP in this case.  If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is given the DP, he will become a martyr.  Think about the history and culture of Chechnya and think about his background.  Don't make him a hero.  I've thought about this since the DP came up. It brings to mind Nidal Hasan and the Ft. Hood Massacre.  At first I really, really wanted him to face the DP, but then I came to my senses and realized we would be giving him what he wanted, and that would be martyrdom, and it could possibly encourage others to commit crimes against Americans.  Same thing in this case. I've found that with the DP, there's huge amounts of money spent, time spent and etc.  I believe LWOP would be more efficient for the courts, our money.  It can take years and years of appeals for someone to be executed.  I don't believe it means we would be soft on crime if he had to face the rest of his life in prison.    Here are some articles I've seen if folks want to read:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-death-penalty_n_4694745.html
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Will Face Death Penalty For Boston Marathon Bombing
January 30, 2014
 
Tsarnaev's case has attracted a high-profile defense team, including Judy Clarke, a San Diego attorney who has negotiated plea agreements with prosecutors to spare her clients the death penalty, among them Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph.

The Tsarnaev brothers had roots in the turbulent Russian regions of Dagestan and Chechnya, areas that have become recruiting grounds for Islamic extremists. The indictment alleges the brothers downloaded bomb-making instructions from an al-Qaida magazine and gathered material online about Islamic jihad and martyrdom.
 


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/10608913/US-to-pursue-death-penalty-against-Boston-marathon-bombing-suspect-Dzhokhar-Tsarnaev.html
US to pursue death penalty against Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
January 31, 2014
 
Massachusetts does not have the death penalty at state level and federal prosecutors there have only sought the death penalty twice in recent decades.
Injured survivors and relatives of the dead were split about whether Tsarnaev should face the death penalty or life in prison, very probably several decades in solitary confinement in a maximum-security jail.
Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in America and public opinion is strongly against the death penalty in opinion polls.
In the wake of Mr Holder's announcement, Deval Patrick, the governor, said: "One way or another, based on the evidence, Tsarnaev will die in prison. In each milestone of this case – today's announcement, the trial and every other significant step in the justice process – the people hurt by the marathon bombings and the rest of us so shocked by it will relive that tragedy.
"The best we can do is remind each other that we are stronger ... than ever and that nothing can break that spirit."
Some critics of the death penalty argued that executing Tsarnaev would make him a martyr in the eyes of some. There is already a "Free Jahar" movement, its name taken from his nickname and mainly made up of young women who believe the good-looking young man was a victim of a set-up.
Speaking to CNN in her native Dagestan shortly before Mr Holder's decision was announced, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, the suspect's mother, declined to comment on the specifics of the case.
"The only thing I want to say is, I want the whole world to hear that I love my son, my precious Dzhokhar," said Mrs Tsarnaev, who has consistently insisted that her sons were innocent and were framed.
Even if Tsarnaev is sentenced to die, he could face years or decades on death row while appeals are pursued. The next scheduled court hearing is a status conference with lawyers on Feb 12 but no trial date has been set.
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« Reply #279 on: February 12, 2014, 08:59:01 AM »

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/128754/lawyers-for-accused-boston-marathon-bomber-due-in-court
Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber due in court
February 12, 2014

Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Wednesday will ask a federal judge to give them until at least September 2015 to prepare for his trial on charges related to the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a 20-year-old native of Russia's restive Chechnya region who moved to the United States a decade ago, faces the possibility of execution if he is convicted of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs in the April 15, 2013 attack as well as shooting dead a university police officer three days later.
Defense attorneys have said they need time to review massive amounts of evidence collected by the government's investigation into the bombing. They also may seek to challenge before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole the death penalty threat.
Last month, prosecutors said they would seek to have Tsarnaev put to death if he is convicted of charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction.
Tsarnaev, who is being held in a prison west of Boston, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His attorneys have not yet said if they will seek to have his trial moved from U.S. District Court in Boston, just 2 miles (3.2 km) from the spot where the bombs ripped through a crowd of spectators at the race's crowded finish line.
The trial, which will draw intense international attention, will pit prosecutors from the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who last year convicted gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, against a defense team including top Boston public defender Miriam Conrad and Judy Clarke, a death penalty defense specialist from California.
 
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