Blog Posts in March, 2015

  • Huffington Post: Gory Evidence In Boston Marathon Trial Sparks Controversy

    By Michael McLaughlin Legs blown off below the knee, mutilated feet dangling limp, blood seeping from shrapnel wounds: Prosecutors have used an abundance of grisly images from the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon to make their case against the accused bomber. But some are starting to wonder, how much gore is too much? It's not just a matter of decency on the part of the judge presiding over ...
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  • NPR: Many Question Lack Of Plea Deal In Boston Bombing Case

    By: Tovia Smith The dramatic admission of guilt by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s defense team in its opening statement Wednesday has generated questions about the trial now underway. Many are wondering why the government wouldn’t accept a plea deal in exchange for life in prison, or why Tsarnaev wouldn’t want to plead guilty to avoid graphic and disturbing testimony that he’s not even contesting. ROBERT ...
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  • NPR: Opening Statements To Begin Nearly 2 Years After Boston Bombing

    By: Tovia Smith Twelve jurors and six alternates will spend the next several months considering the 30 federal charges against alleged bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev. Prosecutors say they have a mountain of evidence. RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Opening statements have begun this morning in the case of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev. A jury of eight men and 10 women will spend several months ...
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  • FOX 25: Defense wants boat Tsarnaev hid in to be shown in entirety to jury

    Posted: Mar 02, 2015 4:07 PM EST Updated: Mar 02, 2015 4:07 PM EST Bob Ward BOSTON ( ) — The Watertown boat, the place accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made his last stand days after the terror attack which killed three people, is shaping up to be a key piece of evidence at his widely watched trial. Prosecutors want panels of the boat to be brought to court to show ...
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  • With Openings Scheduled This Week, The Marathon [Bombing Case] Is Finally Set To Begin

    Now that that the marathon (no pun intended) jury selection process is coming to an end in the Boston Marathon Bombing case, United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, (assuming a majority of the justices in the 1 st Cir. don't agree in the next day or two to consider the defendant's motion for change of venue en banc ), it's time to focus attention on what we should expect to hear in Opening Statements ...
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  • Joint Enterprise vs Joint Venture Murder: A Small Distinction That May Make a Big Difference to Aaron Hernandez

    With the number of guest legal analyst appearances I am doing on television decreasing because of a change in focus at my old network, I find myself listening to others still in that role, especially on the radio (where there remains a niche for it) when I'm driving to and from appearances at courthouses around the state and throughout the New England region. Take it from me, live commentary is ...
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