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In liberal Mass., jury could prove sympathetic to Boston Marathon bombing suspect
Fox/AP ^ | 1/31/2014 | staff

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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TOPICS: Extended News; US: Massachusetts; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: boston; bostonmarathon; christopherdearborn; deathpenalty; domesticterrorism; dzhokhartsarnaev; ericholder; kenyanbornmuzzie; liberalism; massachusetts; proterrorist; waronterror
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Figures.
1 posted on 01/31/2014 4:11:28 PM PST by bkopto
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To: bkopto

I really don’t think so. But then, how could a conservative ever hope to understand the mind of a liberal?


2 posted on 01/31/2014 4:12:38 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: bkopto

Yeh....we don’t want to hurt him.


3 posted on 01/31/2014 4:15:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: bkopto

Workplace violence.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 4:16:04 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: bkopto

Boston Weak.


5 posted on 01/31/2014 4:16:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Albion Wilde

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.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 4:17:14 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: bkopto
I have this terrible feeling Obama is going to return him to his "loving" parents and this death penalty gig is all for show.

Damn these muzzies...

7 posted on 01/31/2014 4:17:17 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: bkopto

Not going to happen!The jury will hammer him!


8 posted on 01/31/2014 4:18:35 PM PST by plainshame
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To: bkopto

I think you’re confusing Massachusetts with Boston.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 4:20:15 PM PST by Sparky1776
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To: Albion Wilde
But then, how could a conservative ever hope to understand the mind of a liberal?

You are assuming that liberals even HAVE a mind. You might be assuming too much.

10 posted on 01/31/2014 4:23:07 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: bkopto

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.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 4:23:31 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: bkopto
and repeated attempts to reinstate it have failed in the Legislature.

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.

12 posted on 01/31/2014 4:26:06 PM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: bkopto

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.


13 posted on 01/31/2014 4:26:18 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: bkopto

Good. Let them oppose it. The impact and, presumable outrage, might help stir certain idiots out of their stupor.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 4:26:49 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Sacajaweau

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....


15 posted on 01/31/2014 4:32:30 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: MAexile

I think the same sort of arm twisting is going on right now with the Republicans in Washington.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 4:34:04 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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To: bkopto

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.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 4:36:11 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Veto!
What kind of jury would acquit a monster terrorist who killed a wonderful, adorable, smart, up and coming SIX YEAR OLD BOY?

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.

18 posted on 01/31/2014 4:36:54 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: bkopto

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.


19 posted on 01/31/2014 4:37:57 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jsanders2001

“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.

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20 posted on 01/31/2014 4:40:55 PM PST by Mears
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To: bkopto

Obama sending him back to his parents in Russia would be a real stab in the back for Putin. So don’t be surprised.


21 posted on 01/31/2014 4:43:47 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: dfwgator
Boston Weak.

Perfect observation, my FRiend.

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22 posted on 01/31/2014 4:50:43 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Veto!
What kind of jury would acquit a monster terrorist who killed a wonderful, adorable, smart, up and coming SIX YEAR OLD BOY?

One with a voir dire selection held in Cambridge, MA.

23 posted on 01/31/2014 4:55:31 PM PST by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Mears

> “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.

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To a closet liberal or Muzzie. That’s the way those types roll.


24 posted on 01/31/2014 4:57:19 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Never underestimate the idiocracy named taxachusetts.

Half its citizens are brain-dead.


25 posted on 01/31/2014 4:59:58 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS TERM LIMITS)
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To: Mears
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/05/12/freejahar-boston-bombings-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaevsteenage-fans-too-beautiful-terrorist_n_3262795.html>

An online movement calling to free Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is gathering pace – thanks to an army of teenage girls who believe he is “too beautiful to be a terrorist".
26 posted on 01/31/2014 5:02:27 PM PST by WeatherGuy
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To: jsanders2001

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.


27 posted on 01/31/2014 5:05:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bkopto
It can be considered a virtue to pray for the death of some.

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.”

Source: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07149b.htm

28 posted on 01/31/2014 5:07:19 PM PST by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: bkopto

Well, he was so dreamy looking on the cover of the Rolling Stone. He can’t possibly be evil.

barf!


29 posted on 01/31/2014 5:19:53 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: bkopto

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....


30 posted on 01/31/2014 5:33:42 PM PST by livius
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To: bkopto
I don't think so.
Too many horrible, grievous wounds.
31 posted on 01/31/2014 5:34:28 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: bkopto

Could asking for the Death Penalty cause a Massachusetts jury to acquit? or at least split?


32 posted on 01/31/2014 5:42:35 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: bkopto; GeronL; Revolting cat!

I heard that the Communist bookstore in Harvard square was celebrating Mao when the Tianamen Square massacre happened.


33 posted on 01/31/2014 6:03:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: bkopto

He lost his brother, is there no sympathy for a devil???


34 posted on 01/31/2014 6:04:22 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: bkopto

oh poor little boy, he is just misunderstood /sarc


35 posted on 01/31/2014 6:18:03 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: bkopto
If the defense lawyers want an acquittal, then they should push for a change of venue to Chapel Hill, NC.
36 posted on 01/31/2014 6:27:11 PM PST by quadrant (1o)
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To: bkopto

37 posted on 01/31/2014 6:32:22 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Will the prosecution be allowed to show pictures of the mangled victims? Half legs with bones sticking out?

MIght prejudice the jury...

Lord have mercy on this country.

38 posted on 01/31/2014 7:35:09 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: Albion Wilde
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.

39 posted on 01/31/2014 8:12:08 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
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.

40 posted on 01/31/2014 8:15:38 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: arthurus
Could asking for the Death Penalty cause a Massachusetts jury to acquit? or at least split?

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.

41 posted on 01/31/2014 8:50:31 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

You don’t have to go down with them. Don’t let yourself think that.


42 posted on 01/31/2014 10:26:02 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Albion Wilde

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.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 10:27:31 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: livius

Just because the press can say that, doesn’t mean the rest of the country believes it.


44 posted on 01/31/2014 10:28:12 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Veto!

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.


45 posted on 01/31/2014 10:32:35 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: bkopto

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.


46 posted on 02/01/2014 2:43:59 AM PST by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: Mears

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.


47 posted on 02/01/2014 4:33:11 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Veto!

You’d be surprised how radical are the followers of the Kennedys in MA.


48 posted on 02/01/2014 8:00:03 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: lucky american

It’s because MA people are the epitome of “sexual freedom”.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 8:00:37 AM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: CorporateStepsister

No, but a lot of people in Cambridge probably do. All it matters is where the jury comes from, and it’s not national.


50 posted on 02/01/2014 10:34:22 AM PST by livius
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