Skip to comments.In liberal Mass., jury could prove sympathetic to Boston Marathon bombing suspect
Posted on 01/31/2014 4:11:28 PM PST by bkopto
Given the powerful grief and anger over the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston would seem to be a particularly hostile place for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial. But it might just be his best hope of escaping a death sentence.
Opposition to the death penalty runs deep in liberal Massachusetts. In a Boston Globe survey in September, 57 percent of Massachusetts residents polled favored life in prison for Tsarnaev, while 33 percent favored execution.
As Tsarnaev's lawyers weigh whether to attempt to move his trial out of town, away from those most deeply traumatized by the bombing, some legal experts say staying put might be a better strategy, even though emotions in the city are raw.
"I'd rather take my shot with the citizens of Massachusetts," said Christopher Dearborn, a professor at Boston's Suffolk Law School. "We're at the highest irony here: We're going to have a death penalty trial in a state where a majority of our citizens don't support the death penalty."
Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, 20, when he goes on trial in the bombing last April that killed three people and injured more than 260 at the crowded finish line of the race. No trial date has been set.
Massachusetts abolished its death penalty in 1984, and repeated attempts to reinstate it have failed in the Legislature. But Tsarnaev is being prosecuted under federal law.
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I really don’t think so. But then, how could a conservative ever hope to understand the mind of a liberal?
Yeh....we don’t want to hurt him.
Will the prosecution be allowed to show pictures of the mangled victims? Half legs with bones sticking out?
I expect the trial to be a sick perversion of justice.
Damn these muzzies...
Not going to happen!The jury will hammer him!
I think you’re confusing Massachusetts with Boston.
You are assuming that liberals even HAVE a mind. You might be assuming too much.
Yeah...that’s not gonna happen.
The politicians are a-holes. The residents of Boston like their democrats, but they hate these guys.
That jury won’t even need to leave the court room. One hour tops. And that’s if they take a bathroom break and have lunch.
IIRC, at least one of those attempts "failed" because the Senate president at the time convinced a senator to change his vote from yes to no by threatening to reduce the amount of state aid given to his city.
What kind of jury would acquit a monster terrorist who killed a wonderful, adorable, smart, up and coming SIX YEAR OLD BOY? Prosecutor should have the boy’s photo up on all walls. And his parents should attend every day of the trial.
Good. Let them oppose it. The impact and, presumable outrage, might help stir certain idiots out of their stupor.
The lib female jurors will probably not find him guilty of anything except being cute and try to slip him notes so they can hook up later. He will then move overseas and become the head of al Qaida and blow up the WH in 2020....
I think the same sort of arm twisting is going on right now with the Republicans in Washington.
Hey, if the idiots in Massachusetts turn the little terrorist loose, I don’t care, as long as he does his thing right there.
I am sick and tired of the rest of the country having to clean up messes that these Socialist shitheads make. Let them start paying the price for their abject stupidity.
No jury is going to acquit him. But, in federal court, a jury decides on the death penalty in a separate hearing after the trial. So there is a real possibility that a Boston jury will convict him but sentence him to life without parole.
I knew America was finished as soon as the November 2002 elections were over.
Despite the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans, especially those most affected by the Twin Towers attack, made no changes in their voting habits.
It’s just been a matter of time since then. Obama isn’t the problem, he’s just the symptom that’s not ignorable. America had a nice run while it lasted.
“The lib female jurors will probably not find him guilty of anything except being cute and try to slip him notes so they can hook up later. “
Most stupid post ever.
Obama sending him back to his parents in Russia would be a real stab in the back for Putin. So don’t be surprised.
Perfect observation, my FRiend.
One with a voir dire selection held in Cambridge, MA.
> The lib female jurors will probably not find him guilty of anything except being cute and try to slip him notes so they can hook up later.
Most stupid post ever.
To a closet liberal or Muzzie. That’s the way those types roll.
Never underestimate the idiocracy named taxachusetts.
Half its citizens are brain-dead.
No, I think the lib female jurors will respond to the fact that he blew the legs off a whole lot of young women. The perp did not endear himself to the feminists by doing that.
Hatred: “...not only may I, but I even ought to, hate what is contrary to the moral law. Furthermore one may without sin go so far in the detestation of wrongdoing as to wish that which for its perpetrator is a very well-defined evil, yet under another aspect is a much more signal good. For instance, it would be lawful to pray for the death of a perniciously active heresiarch with a view to putting a stop to his ravages among the Christian people.”
Well, he was so dreamy looking on the cover of the Rolling Stone. He can’t possibly be evil.
I suspected that this was the reason that Holder approved the death penalty. He thought it would make it more likely for Tsarnaev to get off altogether, because a liberal Massachusetts jury would be unlikely to want to find him guilty of something for which he could be sentenced to death.
Not to mention that they won’t find him guilty of anything anyway, because he’s a poor, persecuted, harassed little Muslim boy, brought here and supported by the US government just to humiliate him and disrespect him and give him a reason to go out and blow up a bunch of evil Americans having fun....
Could asking for the Death Penalty cause a Massachusetts jury to acquit? or at least split?
I heard that the Communist bookstore in Harvard square was celebrating Mao when the Tianamen Square massacre happened.
He lost his brother, is there no sympathy for a devil???
oh poor little boy, he is just misunderstood /sarc
MIght prejudice the jury...
Lord have mercy on this country.
I don't think that is going to happen. The majority of Americans deserve what they have wrought. I'm sad for my country, and *very* sad I will have to go down with the fools that have ruined it.
Salvation is always personal, not political. Bless you.
In federal court, the jury first decides guilt or innocence and then, if the verdict is guilty, the same jury, in a separate proceeding starting immediately after the first verdict, decides whether the sentence is death or life without parole.
You don’t have to go down with them. Don’t let yourself think that.
I think anyone has seen what was done and there’ll likely be a mob outside howling for this man to get the chair/needle. Like Timothy McVeigh, there will be an expectation of the death penalty.
Just because the press can say that, doesn’t mean the rest of the country believes it.
I believe it’s a cut/dried case; he’ll be convicted and then sentenced to death and I believe that the jury will not take long to announce the conviction and death sentence.
Rolling Stone got blasted for having that scum on their cover and trying to hype him as a icon like Che Gueavera. He’s never going to be some pop icon and he did attack a bunch of liberals in the liberal bastion Boston.
I always get a chuckle out of Liberals.
Keep those murdering terrorists alive and kill those unborn children at will.
Capital punishment hurts the accused and is inhumane buts it’s OK to puncture the brain of a baby.
Not that stupid.
Women, and some men, become enthralled with people on trial and this can lead to crushes.
Never under estimate the power of stupid liberals.
You’d be surprised how radical are the followers of the Kennedys in MA.
It’s because MA people are the epitome of “sexual freedom”.
No, but a lot of people in Cambridge probably do. All it matters is where the jury comes from, and it’s not national.