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.