Boston Marathon Bomber Found Guilty
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday of carrying out the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which devastated a festive crowd near the world-renowned race’s finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others. Tsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors said was a self-radicalized Muslim bent on striking a blow against America, now faces a second phase of his trial in which a jury will decide whether to sentence him to death. The second phase could begin within days. Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan, planted twin bombs at the race on the afternoon of April 15, 2013. Prosecutors have said that Tsarnaev carried out the crimes in a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner” and that he deserves the death penalty. He was charged with 30 crimes, including 17 that carried the possibility of a death sentence. The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for just over 11 hours before rendering its verdict, after hearing the lawyers’ closing arguments early Monday.Many death penalty opponents find themselves questioning their position in cases like this. Myself included.