US ju­rors de­lib­er­at­ing on 30 charges against the marathon bomber

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY DENISE LAVOIE

U.S. ju­rors in the fed­eral death penalty trial of Bos­ton Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev be­gan de­lib­er­a­tions Tues­day, a day af­ter both pros­e­cu­tors and his lawyers told them Tsar­naev must be held accountable for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ter­ror attack.

De­lib­er­a­tions in the guilt phase be­gan al­most two years af­ter twin bombs ex­ploded near the marathon’s fin­ish line on April 15, 2013, killing three peo­ple and wound­ing more than 260.

Judge Ge­orge O’Toole Jr. dis­missed the jury Tues­day af­ter a lit­tle more than seven hours.

Ju­rors are con­sid­er­ing 30 charges against Tsar­naev. If they con­vict him, they will then de­cide dur­ing a sec­ond phase of the trial whether he should be sen­tenced to death or re­ceive life in pri­son. Seven­teen of the charges carry the pos­si­bil­ity of the death penalty.

Dur­ing closing ar­gu­ments Mon- day, Tsar­naev’s lawyers agreed with pros­e­cu­tors that Tsar­naev con­spired with his brother to bomb the marathon and planted one of two pres­sure-cooker bombs that ex­ploded that day.

But the de­fense said it was his now-dead older brother, Tamer­lan, who was the mas­ter­mind of the attack. It was Tamer­lan who bought the bomb parts, built the bombs and planned the attack, said de­fense at­tor­ney Judy Clarke.

A pros­e­cu­tor told the jury that Tsar­naev made a cold­blooded de­ci­sion aimed at pun­ish­ing Amer­ica for its wars in Mus­lim coun­tries.

Clarke ar­gued that Tsar­naev fell un­der the in­flu­ence of Tamer­lan. Clarke re­peat­edly re­ferred to Dzhokhar Tsar­naev — then 19 — as a “kid” and a “teenager.”

If Tsar­naev is con­victed — and that is con­sid­ered a near cer­tainty, given his lawyer’s ad­mis­sion — the jury will then begin hear­ing ev­i­dence on whether he should get life in pri­son or a death sen­tence.

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