Boston Bombing: 5 Things To Know About The Tsarnaev Trial
Jury selection begins today in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of planting a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three and injuring more than 260.
Tsarnaev is facing 30 charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction. More than half those counts could result in the death penalty.
With that, here are five things you should know about the trial:
NPR's Tovia Smith reports prosecutors have amassed a trove of evidence linking Tsarnaev to the bombings. That's why Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed says, "This case is not about guilt."
"In my mind," Medwed adds, "this case is really about whether or not he's going to get the death penalty."
CBS News reports on the defense strategy in the case:
Remember, Tamerlin was killed in a shootout with police.
3. Jury Selection Will Take A Long Time:
USA Today explains that jury selection is perhaps the most complicated part of this case. The paper reports:
One big complicating factor: Everyone who was stuck at home that day could be considered a victim.
Because of that 1,200 people are in the jury pool.
4. Most In Boston Don't Favor The Death Penalty:
A 2013 poll by The Boston Globe found:
5. Who's Who:
NPR member station WBUR has put together a "who's who" of the Tsarnaev trial.
They have short bios on everyone from Tsarnaev's sisters, Ailina and Bella, to defense attorney Judy Clarke, who helped spare Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph the death penalty.
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