Convicted on all 30 Counts, Tsarnaev Awaits the Death Penalty or Life...

Convicted on all 30 Counts, Tsarnaev Awaits the Death Penalty or Life in Jail Without Parole

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Today, Dzhokar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges he faced for the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial—a case for the domestic terrorist attack on Americans at the Boston Marathon, April 2013. During the bombing, Tsarnaev, and his brother killed three people and injured 260 others at the race. A police officer was killed later in a shootout.Dzhokar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges he faced for the Boston Marathon bombing—a domestic terrorist attack on Americans. During the bombing, Tsarnaev, and his brother killed three people and injured 260 others at the race. A police officer was killed later in a shootout.

With the sentencing phase scheduled for next week, Tsarnaev will either get the death penalty or life in jail since 17 of the 30 charges he was convicted of carry the death penalty.
The charges include:

  • Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction
  • Four counts of murder for Krystle Campbell, Officer Sean Collier, Lingzi Lu, and Martin Richard
    • Firearm charges due to throwing bombs at police officers

His lawyers have diligently attempted to block the death penalty by arguing that Tsarnaev was under the influence of his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed while they were running from the police after the bombing.

Prior to the verdict, the jury deliberated for two days. They met for over 10 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Judy Clarke, the defense lawyer focused heavily on the sentencing phase of the trial. She explains she knew that Tsarnaev would be found guilty, but urged jurors to keep their minds open, in her closing arguments because they would hear much worse.

Her statements about Tsarnaev during the trial attempted to characterize him as a normal teenager. She presented tweets from Twitter about a TV show on Comedy Central, rap music, sleeping, eating, and breakfast. It is expected that she will present information about his unfortunate family life, the fact that he did not have a criminal record until now and present a case that his age affected his ability to make sound decisions.

After the conviction, family members of the deceased and injured victims expressed their satisfaction with the verdict and appreciation for the law enforcement officers involved, prosecutors, and the public for their support. Heather Abbott, who lost her leg as a result of the bombing, stated, “Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken.”

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