Thursday, February 13, 2014

November 3 Trial Date Set For Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

 Yahoo News: Tamerlan Tsarnaev: Left, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
My heart still go out to the victims of last year's 'Boston Marathon'.  It's been  almost one year this coming April since the tragedy for many who suffered and lost loved ones.  Boston Marathon's bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was given a November 3, 2014 trial date over the strenuous objections of his attorneys, who said Wednesday that they won't have enough time to mount a defense in a terrorism case that carries a possible death penalty.  I feel the suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be taken out of his misery for what he did to those innocent people.  The trial date is nearly a year earlier than the earliest date requested by Tsarnaev's lawyers, but in line with what prosecutors had sought. I'm truly glad!

"I think it is a realistic and a fair one," U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. said of the schedule he set.

Federal prosecutors announced in January that they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is charged in twin bombings that killed three innocent people and wounded more than 260.  Prosecutors allege that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, built and planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the marathon last April 2013.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a shootout with police several days later.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction. He is being held at a federal prison and was not in court for Wednesday's hearing.  Several of the victims who were injured in the bombings did attend, including Marc Fucarile.  Marc Fucarile, who lost his right leg above the knee, said he wished the trial would start even earlier.  I don't blame him either.  He need justice now!

"Why not?" he said. "Everybody should be on the same page ... It's pretty cut and dried with the evidence. Don't waste anybodies time."

Defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the country's leading death penalty specialists, complained that prosecutors have been "sluggish" in turning over evidence to her team. In particular, she cited 2,000 pieces of physical evidence at an FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, that the defense hasn't been able to examine yet.

"It's not the defense dragging its feet. We're really struggling with getting access to evidence," Judy Clarke said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty, said prosecutors are hoping to bring those items back to Boston for easier viewing by the defense. He said prosecutors have made evidence relevant to both the trial and the penalty hearing available.  Judy Clarke said it's doubtful the defense could get experts to review the items before this summer, which would make a November trial date "virtually impossible." Clarke also said the defense has a "tremendous amount" of work to do to compile information on Tsarnaev's family history. The family lived in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan and came to the United States about a decade ago from the Dagestan region of Russia.

"There's just a tremendous amount of logistical hurdles," Clarke said.

Judge George O'Toole did not agree to change the trial date, but he did order prosecutors to compile a list of the items in Quantico for Tsarnaev's lawyers by the end of the week. The judge scheduled another court hearing for June 18.  On Wednesday, Congressman William Keating said the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee is planning to hold a hearing in Boston this spring so victims, first responders and law enforcement officials can testify about their experiences.  Keating said the committee is wrapping up its report on the bombings and now wants to hear from survivors and others.

"I think the people in Boston deserve this opportunity and I think it will help the rest of the country in the process," Keating said.

Keating said he hopes that a hearing will be held before this year's marathon, scheduled for April 21, 201

1 comment :

  1. Justice will be served for the families of the Boston tragedy. November 3 can't arrive fast enough for the victims who suffered so much


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