Boston Marathon trial: Jurors to begin deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should live or die

Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial will hear closing arguments on Monday before beginning to decide whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be executed for his role in the 2013 terrorist attack.

After a month of graphic and emotional testimony in a Boston courtroom, federal prosecutors will urge the jury to convict Tsarnaev of terror offences which carry the death penalty.

The 21-year-old’s lawyers will repeat an argument they have made throughout the trial: that Tsarnaev was a pawn of his older brother Tamerlan, who died in a shoot-out with police days after the attack.

  • winniec

    He was obviously more than a dupe of his brother.

    • No one gets “Duped” into planting a bomb behind children.

      • winniec

        Like Traudl Junge who was Hitler’s personal secretary, Dzokhar Tsarnaev refused to exercise personal morality and unquestioningly gave himself to a cruel and very evil cause.

        Traudl Jung realized eventually that being young and naïve was not a valid excuse for helping Hitler. She said: “I wasn’t able to see the connection with my own past. I was satisfied that I wasn’t personally to blame and that I hadn’t known about those things. I wasn’t aware of the extent. But one day I went past the memorial plaque which had been put up for Sophie Scholl in Franz Josef Strasse, and I saw that she was born the same year as me, and she was executed the same year I started working for Hitler. And at that moment I actually sensed that IT WAS NO EXCUSE TO BE YOUNG, and that it would have been possible to find things out.”

        • Criminals are responsible for their acts.

  • Millie_Woods

    You wouldn’t want to deprive him of his date with 72 virgins.

    • David Murrell

      Indeed. My vote is to fry the guy.

  • Capital punishment is too little punishment for such people, who kill and maim without pity, also depriving others of loved family members, fathers, mothers, children, brothers, sisters. Can there be any doubt this evil moron deserves the very worst depths of hell?

  • andrew john almady

    once a month cut off one of his limbs till nothing left

  • andrew john almady

    little muslim homosexual pig

  • Sharkibark

    Die. (if I got a vote.)

  • Hard Little Machine

    It is super unlikely he will face the death sentence. Not in a Federal case and not in Massachusetts. No matter how irate people are about this, their liberal ethos will kick in. And there’s been what, 5 capital cases at the Federal level since 1950?

  • wallyj180

    “I don’t like killing innocent people … but it is allowed. All credit goes to Allah.”

    That is on a note found in the boat.

    Justin is still looking for a root cause.