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The Verdict Is Death For Tsarnaev

Tsarnaev150515Nothing to say except I’m glad it’s over, which, of course, it isn’t. Tsarnaev150515

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A Question From The Jury, A Laugh From Tsarnaev

Tsarnaev150514On the first full day of deliberations the jury had a question that so perplexed the judge and lawyers that clarification was sought before it could be answered.Tsarnaev150514

A first for this trial, we heard Tsarnaev laugh. While waiting for jurors to enter the courtroom to be dismissed for the day Tsarnaev, chatting with his lawyers as he usually does, let out a guffaw, then quickly checked himself.Tsarnaev150514

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Closing Arguments On Tsarnaev Death Penalty

Tsarnaev150513The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard closing arguments yesterday on sentencing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to life or death. Here are the sketches.Tsarnaev150513

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Dead Man Walking ?

Tsarnaev150511Yesterday was a strange day, eighty degrees in the morning, fifty-five by afternoon. It was also the last day of testimony in the death penalty case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Tsarnaev150511The defense called as their final witness Sister Helen Prejean of “Dead Man Walking” fame. She testified about several meetings with Tsarnaev during which he once said, “No one deserves to suffer like they did.” Whether that was an expression of remorse, or merely regret is not clear.

Tsarnaev150511The government called two rebuttal witnesses and we were done. Closing arguments tomorrow and then it’s in the hands of the jury, Dzhokhar’s life that is.Tsarnaev150511

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The Last Of Last Week’s Sketches

Thursday was a short day at the Tsarnaev trial last week as both sides met with the judge in chambers to discuss whether and to what extent Sister Helen Prejean will be allowed to testify. For much of the time nothing happened in the courtroom, though many tweets were read and sent. The previous day’s witness was brought back to the stand to complete his testimony, but that’s all.

I profited of the free time to ride a Hubway bike to the North End where I had an espresso and Italian ice and did the little sketch below.

 

 

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Today’s Tsarnaev Trial Sketches

Tsarnaev150506There was a short delay this morning as the court set up a video conference call so that a Tsarnaev relative could testify from Kazakhstan. The government wanted the judge to tell the jury that the oath taken by the witness was meaningless since there would be no way to pursue perjury charges in Kazakhstan. Judge O’Toole declined for now.Tsarnaev150506

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More Tsarnaev Defense Witnesses

Tsarnaev150505Not a lot happening at the Boston Marathon bombing trial today. We heard from the roommate of Tamerlan’s future wife, a couple of friends of Dzhokhar’s, the owner of a Russian bookstore, a Russian psychiatrist who treated Tsarnaev’s father, a wrestling coach and a Princeton professor who is an expert in all things Chechen.

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Tearful Day At Tsarnaev Trial

Tsarnaev150504Tsarnaev’s relatives, who arrived from Russia nine days ago, finally took the witness stand today and the testimony was often tearful. Tsarnaev, who  has betrayed not the slightest emotion or hint of remorse during the excruciating testimony of the bombing victims, dabbed his eyes with a tissue when his aged aunt Patimat sobbed so uncontrollably she was unable to testify.Tsarnaev150504

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Tsarnaev150504I pity his family, but I’m not sure I have any pity for Dzhokhar.

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During The Break

Tsarnaev150430Last Thursday, after lawyers in the Boston Marathon bombing trail spent over an hour meeting in chambers, Judge O’Toole announced that we had a sick juror and would recess till Monday.

I immediately made plans to secure a bicycle and take advantage of the opportunity to explore Boston, but it was not to be. I was called back to the courthouse for the arraignment of an ex-FBI charged with perjury in the Whitey Bulger trial.FitzpatrickOne consolation, a group of musicians started playing on the main floor of the courthouse. I did this sketch from above.bSketch150430_musicians

Finally done with the arraignment, I headed to the hotel anticipating a quiet evening, maybe dinner with a friend, before flying back to Baltimore the next morning. But no, instead I had to rush off to Newark for the guilty plea Friday morning of Gov. Christie ally – not Kirstie Alley –  David Wildstein in the Bridgegate scandal.Wildstein Bridgegate Plea

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If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not. I really love this last minute stuff.

 

 

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Tsarnaev Defense Began . . .

Tsarnaev150429. . . two days ago, on Monday, but I was in DC for the same sex marriage arguments at the Supreme Court. I returned to the Boston courtroom today.

Until now the focus of the defense had been almost exclusively on Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlane.Tsarnaev150429Today we heard from a paramedic who worked on Tamerlan shortly before he died who testified the the older Tsarnaev was combative, even when mortally wounded. And then from a paramedic who treated Dzhokhar after he climbed out of the boat and surrendered. She said Dzhokhar put up no fight.Tsarnaev150429After that it was a string of character witnesses – teachers and friends who knew a different Tsarnaev than the one sitting in the courtroom today. All of them were on the stand a very short time.

So it wasn’t an uninteresting day, but nothing unexpected. I’ll just post the rest of today’s drawings and call it a day.

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