[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After one and a half days of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has found him guilty, of all 30 charges against him in the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. He now faces a possible death penalty as each of these, with the exception of charge 11 so far, are death penalty eligible. Tsarnaev, along with his brother Tamerlen, planted bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 which resulted in the deaths of 3 people, Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lingzi Lu, and injured as many as 264 others. A fourth person, Officer Sean Collier, was killed in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers. Seventeen of the injured lost limbs. The brothers, who are Chechen, were devout Muslims. Based upon the words of Dzhokhar to the FBI, he and his brother were angry over the United States involvement in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and the killing of Muslims there.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Tsarnaev, who was emotionless throughout the entire trial, now enters the penalty phase where he will learn if he will be put to death or face life in prison. Seventeen of the 30 charges were death penalty charges.
The defense argued that, while Dzhokhar was there and participated in the bombing, he did so because his brother made him. His attorney, Judith Clark, placed the blame for the attack squarely on the older brother Tamerlen, who died four days after the bombing during a shootout with police. Dzhokhar, in an attempt to run over police officers at the time, accidentally ran over the injured Tamerlen.
In speaking about the who built the bombs and planned the terrorist attack, Clarke said, “Tamerlan did that. We need to understand who was leading and who was following.” It is believed that this tactic was used in an effort to spare Dzhokhar of the death penalty should he have been convicted.
The prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty, countered Clarke’s assertions arguing that Dzhokhar possessed the same level of violent ideology as his brother. Reuters reports on Chakravarty’s argument.
“The defendant thought that his values were more important than the people around him. He wanted to awake the mujahedeen, the holy warriors,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty said. “He wanted to terrorize this country. He wanted to punish America for what it was doing to his people.”
Chakravarty noted that evidence showed that Tsarnaev, who moved to the United States from Russia a decade before the attack, had copies of al Qaeda’s “Inspire” magazine on his computers.
“These were political choices,” he said of Tsarnaev’s actions. “He was making a statement, ‘an eye for an eye.'”
In addition to the gruesome videos and evidence of the aftermath of their actions, including graphic photos from the autopsy of 8-year old Martin Richard, who was disemboweled by the bombing, a note that Dzhokhar wrote himself perhaps played a large role in the jury’s verdict. While hiding in a boat in a backyard, he wrote “suggesting the attack was an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.”
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