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« Reply #340 on: November 25, 2014, 06:12:28 PM »

Oh, dear me.  So Tamerlan was a "bad influence".     Sarcasm alert, btw.  How about Dzhokhar was old enough to know right from wrong.  He knew it was wrong to set bombs out to kill and maim innocent men, women and children.  It's all about choices, and Dzhokhar chose the evil way and now it's time to pay.  JMHO

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/us-usa-explosion-boston-idUSKCN0J92JS20141125
Judge denies Boston bomb suspect request for triple murder evidence
November 25, 2014

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for evidence in the ongoing investigation of a 2011 Massachusetts triple murder, saying the information wouldn't help their case.

Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked the judge to force prosecutors to hand over information about the killings, which may have involved Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan and which they argued could help show Tamerlan was a bad influence.

"After review, it is my judgment that, contrary to the defense speculation, the report does not materially advance that theory," U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said in his decision. He said the information could also undermine the ongoing investigation.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he and his brother placed bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260. His trial is due to begin in January and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who prosecutors argue was the ringleader in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, was killed days after the bombing in a shootout with police.

Ibragim Todashev, an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's, told investigators in May 2013 that Tsarnaev had taken part in a triple murder in Waltham, in which three men were stabbed to death, according to federal prosecutors. Todashev provided a confession and was later shot dead by law-enforcement agents who said he lunged at them, according to the FBI.

Prosecutors said at a hearing earlier this month they have already shared the substance of Todashev's confession with Tsarnaev's defense team, and were not privvy to the details of the local police investigation into the Waltham killings.
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« Reply #341 on: December 18, 2014, 06:47:56 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/year-half-boston-marathon-suspect-make-court-appearance/story?id=27664016
After Year and a Half, Boston Marathon Suspect to Make Court Appearance
December 17, 2014

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to appear in federal court for a final status conference hearing Thursday before his trial is slated to begin on murder and terrorism charges next month – making it the first time he has been seen in more than a year and a half.

Tsarnaev, 21, has not been in court since his arraignment on July 10, 2013 on charges that he and his brother Tamerlan detonated two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the historic race in April 2013, killing three and wounding more than 260 others, with 16 of those victims losing limbs.
 
Among the issues expected to be discussed Thursday is the jury selection process, which is slated to being Jan. 5. Tsarnaev’s trial is expected to run for two to three months.

Based on court filings, defense attorneys want the judge to include a question for potential jurors that would “identify those jurors who are especially likely to believe that the death penalty should be automatic for terrorism-murders, or for murderers of children or police officers.”

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

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« Reply #342 on: December 23, 2014, 03:48:56 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bombing-suspect-dzkokhar-tsarnaev-asks-another-trial-delay-n273961
Boston Bombing Suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev Asks for Another Trial Delay
December 23, 2014

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomb suspect on Tuesday renewed their request to delay the start of the trial — now scheduled to begin Jan. 5 with jury selection — until September 2015.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys say they've been overwhelmed with material from prosecutors, are finding it difficult to research Tsarnaev's family overseas, and are worried that the jury could end up deliberating around the second anniversary of the blast that killed three and injured more than 260.

"Given the ubiquity and intensity of anniversary news coverage and related public activities, even the most conscientious jurors are likely to be exposed to influences that would require a mistrial," defense lawyers wrote in a motion filed in federal court.

"This risk could be avoided — and the fairness of the trial increased — by waiting to begin trial until after the anniversary has passed."

The government's witness list contains the names of 590 law enforcement personnel and 142 civilian witnesses, and prosecutors say they might use any of 1,238 exhibits. Some of the material turned over was not indexed, making it difficult to sort through the mountain of data, they complained.

"The sheer volume of material, alone, requires a continuance. As a practical matter, it impossible for the defense to digest this information, much less attempt to pursue investigative leads it may suggest, in time to make effective use of it at trial," Tsarnaev's lawyers argued.

 

"The trial in this case is currently set to begin just 18 months after the defendant was indicted, which would bring this case to trial faster than 99 of the 119 federal capital trials to get under way since 2004," they wrote.

The defense also said it has encountered "new obstacles" in digging into Tsarnaev's family history in Chechnya, Dagestan and Central Asia and aren't sure they can get get witnesses they have identified to show up at the trial.

The judge has declined in the past to push the start of the trial into late 2015. He did grant a small delay from November 2014 to January 2015.
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« Reply #343 on: December 29, 2014, 12:03:02 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bombing-trial-defense-presses-delay-n276226
Boston Bombing Trial: Defense Presses for Delay
December 29, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are continuing to press their bid for a trial delay, suggesting that prosecutors have not turned over material that could help them show their client was under the sway of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnav.

"The brothers' alleged 'radicalization' is a more complex story over a longer period of time that can only be understood by painstaking analysis of activity across multiple electronic devices that the government has seized," the defense wrote in a Monday filing.

Previously, Tsarnaev's team slammed the government for dumping a mountain of files on them less than a month before trial, withholding some exhibits and belatedly adding a new DNA expert. Prosecutors have argued Tsarnaev's lawyers are exaggerating the situation and insist they have turned over everything required.

The trial is slated to start in January, but the defense are asking for a nine-month delay.
 
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« Reply #344 on: December 31, 2014, 12:52:10 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/12/31/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-trial-starts-monday-after-judge-rejects-delay-request/naLS6rOK7e7bjFZQPHB34M/story.html
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial Starts Monday After Judge Rejects Delay Request
December 31, 2014

Monday it begins. The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of orchestrating the Boston Marathon bombings, will begin January 5 after a federal judge rejected the defense’s request to postpone the trial.

US District Judge George A. O’Toole also denied the defense’s request to move the trial to another district. Tsarnaev’s lawyers had asked for more time to prepare for the trial because of the amount of evidence in the case, and had asked for it to be moved to another district to avoid what they said would be a biased jury.

Jury selection begins Monday. The case will take place at Joseph Moakley courthouse in Boston. Tsarnaev appeared in court for his final pre-trial hearing December 18, his first appearance in public since July 2013.
 
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« Reply #345 on: January 03, 2015, 08:36:24 PM »

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Prosecutors-to-reply-to-marathon-bomber-s-appeal-5989399.php
Prosecutors: Keep bombing suspect's trial in state
| January 1, 2015 | Updated: January 1, 2015 7:26pm

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday reiterated their opposition to moving the Boston Marathon bombing suspect's trial out of state and said in a court filing that jury selection should begin as planned on Monday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers want a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's decision to keep the 21-year-old's trial in Boston. They argue Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair trial in the city's federal courthouse, which is just a few miles from where the bombing occurred.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed the appeal Wednesday after a U.S. District Court judge denied their change-of-venue request as well as a motion seeking a nine-month delay.

The defense is asking the district court judge to postpone jury selection pending the outcome of the appeal.

Prosecutors said in their response filed Thursday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the district court correctly found that Tsarnaev had not demonstrated "the rare and extreme case" in which impartial jurors could not be found from a pool of millions of people.

"The Boston Marathon bombing and related events during the week of April 15, 2013, affected several hundred victims, including both those allegedly killed and injured by Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, and their families," the filing said. "Moving the trial out of the Eastern Division would create an enormous hardship for those victims and their families, depriving many, if not most of them, of any ability to see the trial."

Recent high-profile federal trials in Boston — such as that of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger — suggest that an impartial jury could be found, prosecutors said.
 
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« Reply #346 on: February 01, 2015, 09:45:32 PM »

Oh brother...     I guess the defense team is having to really dig around to find someway to defend him.  This whole family bit the hand that was feeding them.  That includes both brothers, the sister and the mother.  The father is in denial or whatever.  The U.S. allowed this family in and it's too bad they weren't sent right back out.  JMHO


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/boston-marathon-bomber-lawyers-issue-viral-photo-article-1.2099788

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say viral photo of shoveled finish line should delay trial
In their latest attempt to delay and relocate the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, his lawyers say a viral photo from Boston's recent snowstorm opened old wounds from the April 2013 attack. Bostonians loved a picture of a mystery man shoveling snow from the marathon's finish line, and Tsarnaev's team says this proves Boston can't hold a fair trial.
February 1, 2015

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« Reply #347 on: March 03, 2015, 06:05:21 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-courts/boston-bombing-trial-10-women-8-men-selected-jurors-n316576
Boston Bombing Trial: 10 Women, 8 Men Selected as Jurors
March 3, 2015

Ten women and eight men were selected Tuesday to sit as jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. While six of them are being designated as alternates, all must report when the trial resumes at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday with opening statements in Boston federal court.

The final stage of jury selection capped off nearly two months of whittling down jurors — slowed by Tsarnaev's defense team's asking four times to have the trial moved out of Boston. His lawyers argued that he would not be able to find an impartial jury, given the heightened emotions in the case. Tsarnaev faces 30 charges for his alleged role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded 264 others. If found guilty, the 21-year-old could be put to death.

The jurors are:

Juror 35: A man who works for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. He told the court that he attended a fund-raiser for marathon bombing victims and donated $50 or $75 and that he was open to life or death sentences in this case based on the evidence.
Juror 41: A woman who describes herself as a senior executive assistant. She told the court that one of her friends, a former correctional officer, now works in human resources for the sheriff's department and that other friends work for jail systems.
Juror 83: A man who says he was a student studying psychology and neuroscience before his financial aid fell through. He told the court he doesn't know much about the case but believes Tsarnaev "was involved in something" and that he thinks the death penalty is valid.
Juror 102: A woman who's a nurse at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts. She told the court says she has no opinion on the death penalty. Adding, "I am really in the middle." She told the government she could impose death penalty if appropriate.
Juror 138: A man who works for the water department in a city near Boston. He wrote "no" on his questionnaire when asked whether he believed Tsarnaev was guilty and said he favors the death penalty.
Juror 229: A woman who runs events and is a former domestic violence social worker. She told the court she's unsure about whether Tsarnaev is guilty and about the validity of the death penalty.
Juror 286: A woman who supervises about 50 workers at a restaurant. She told the court she has been high-fived for wearing a "Boston Strong" shirt and that she could vote for the death penalty.
Juror 349: A woman who designs women's clothing for a startup firm. She told the court she believes Tsarnaev is guilty but is unsure about the death penalty.
Juror 395: A woman who's a legal executive assistant for a managing director of a corporation. She told the court she believes Tsarnaev is guilty but is unsure about the death penalty.
Juror 441: A man who says he was fired as an auditor in January and is trying to collect unemployment. He told the court he's unsure whether Tsarnaev is guilty and is neutral on the death penalty.
Juror 480: A man who works at Massachusetts General Hospital as a telecommunications engineer. He told the court he would need to see evidence before deciding guilt or innocence.
Juror 487: A woman who's a single parent with three children at home. She told the court she believes Tsarnaev is guilty but is unsure about the death penalty. She says she bought a "Boston Strong" T-shirt for a nephew.
Juror 552: A man who is retired from the telecommunications industry. He told the court he has friends or relatives in law enforcement but remains unsure whether Tsarnaev is guilty and is open to death penalty or life sentence.
Juror 567: A man who works as an air traffic controller at Otis Air National Guard Base in Falmouth. He told the court he believes Tsarnaev "was somewhat involved" but that he can be impartial and is open to the death penalty.
Juror 588: A woman who works in digital sales for Barnes & Noble. She told the court she believes there was "some involvement" by Tsarnaev but is unsure whether he guilty of the specific charges, and she expressed reservations about the death penalty.
Juror 598: A man who paints houses. He told the court he's unsure whether Tsarnaev is guilty and is conflicted about the death penalty. He said his wife might have donated to a victims fund.
Juror 608: A woman who is retired as an actuary.
Juror 638: A woman who's a supervisor at a government agency. She told the court she's unsure whether Tsarnaev is guilty.
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« Reply #348 on: March 03, 2015, 06:08:22 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/boston-bombing-suspects-widow-investigation-face-charges/story?id=29366623
Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges
March 3, 2015

The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is under active investigation and could face potential criminal charges related to the deadly blast, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI declined to comment and authorities said no decision has been made on whether to eventually bring charges while prosecutors concentrate on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Russell’s brother-in-law.

Russell, who was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search the Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.

A few weeks earlier Tamerlan Tsarnaev had gone to a fireworks store in New Hampshire and bought 48 mortar shells, also used in the bombs. At the fireworks store, Tamerlan had asked for the “biggest and loudest” fireworks available and spent roughly $200, according to court documents.

“To live in a small apartment and buy five pressure cookers and have all those explosives obviously just does not make sense – something other than cooking was going on,” said former FBI special agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout three days after prosecutors say he and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, detonated twin bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others.

Days after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney, released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.

“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.

Shortly after the bombing, Russell left her family and moved to New Jersey to live with Tsarnaev’s two sisters. She later moved out of her sister-in-law’s apartment and was last seen in a transitional housing facility for the homeless in New Jersey, according to authorities briefed on the investigation. Authorities told ABC News the FBI put Russell under surveillance during last year’s Boston Marathon race.

Opening statements in the murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin Wednesday morning. Russell is not expected to be called as a witness for the government.

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« Reply #349 on: March 04, 2015, 01:43:30 PM »

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-31727243
Boston bombing trial: Tsarnaev lawyer admits his guilt
March 4, 2015

The trial of the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon two years ago has begun, with his defence lawyer telling the jury he committed the crime.

"It was him," the lawyer said as she prepared to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's actions by saying he had been influenced by his older brother.

Mr Tsarnaev, 21, could face the death penalty and is charged with more than 30 counts relating to the bombings.

It was the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11.

Speaking before the defence, a federal prosecutor said in opening statements on Wednesday that Tsarnaev had "murder in his heart" when he placed the bomb.

In 2013, Mr Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the attack.

The left side of the court was filled with about two dozen of the attack's victims as the trial began.

Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed after two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel detonated in April 2013.

More than 260 people were injured, with many losing limbs.
 
Judy Clarke, a famed attorney who has represented a number of high-profile suspects in the past, began her opening remarks by saying: "It was him."

She said that her team would not attempt to "sidestep" Mr Tsarnaev's guilt in carrying out the "senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers".

Instead, she will argue that his elder brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind of the plot and coerced the younger sibling into being a submissive participant.

Mr Tsarnaev is also accused of killing a police officer in the days after the bombing.

A huge police manhunt followed the attacks, culminating in Mr Tsarnaev's arrest and the death of his elder brother.
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