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June 27, 2013

"Boston Bombing Suspect Is Indicted on 30 Counts"

The title of this post is the headline of this New York Times report on the legal news emerging today from the federal courts in Massachusetts.  Here is how the article begins:

A federal grand jury in Boston issued a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, on Thursday, charging him with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill three people and injure more than 200 others, according to the Justice Department.

The grand jury also charged him in the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, from whom he and his brother tried to steal a firearm, the authorities said, as they tried to elude the police after the F.B.I. released photos of them.

Mr. Tsarnaev faces life in prison or the death penalty on 17 of the charges, according to the Justice Department. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 10.

The indictment provides the most detailed account from the authorities of the events leading up to and following the April 15 bombings. It says that Mr. Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed during a shootout with the police in Watertown, Mass., built the two explosive devices that they detonated at the finish line of the marathon using pressure cookers, explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesives and other items “designed to shred skin, shatter bone and cause extreme pain and suffering, as well as death.”

The authorities also provided a detailed account of how Mr. Tsarnaev killed his brother. The indictment says that after the brothers tried to “shoot, bomb and kill” the officers who were trying to apprehend them, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was tackled to the ground by three police officers. At that point, the indictment says, Mr. Tsarnaev drove the car that the brothers had been using “at the three police officers,” who were trying to drag his brother to safety. The car barely missed one of the officers but ran over Tamerlan, “seriously injuring him and contributing to his death.”

The US Justice Deprtment has issued this press release concerning the indictment, and the full 74-page indictment is available at this link.

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He isn't teaching in an Ivy League school yet?

Posted by: TarlsQtr1 | Jun 27, 2013 6:50:28 PM

What do people think about the indictment and whether there will be a trial?

Posted by: Liz McD | Jun 27, 2013 8:53:25 PM

I think it's ridiculous that the prosecutors didn't outdo the number of counts that Ariel Castro is facing.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jun 28, 2013 1:00:43 AM

A judge allowing the trial to linger longer than a week is a thieving, tax defrauding traitor. Not much doubt about guilt, no? Why spend tens of millions on someone who should have been tortured and shot at the scene?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 28, 2013 4:33:08 AM

The indictment was rather vague about who actually pulled the trigger that shot Officer Collier, is there a reason for that? Can he still be charged for Murder if he actually did not do the shooting? Is that why aiding and abetting are included in the charge codes?

Posted by: leslie | Jun 28, 2013 11:00:24 PM

leslie | Jun ,

The felony murder rule does not require that a particular person have performed the actual killing, indeed it goes so far as to allow an accomplice to be charged when their partner is killed by their intended victim.

Posted by: Soronel Haetir | Jun 29, 2013 1:27:25 AM

The terrorist operation was small and a failure.

Then the lawyer dumbass closed down the city, making the cost of the terror operations in the $billions. This bonehead lawyer decision made the failed terrorist attack a blazing success. Indeed, the terrorist was only caught after the shutdown ended, and the property owner went back outside for a smoke, saw the terrorist in his boat.

Now this spectacle, to really make the failed terrorist attack a blazing success. Public media time over weeks, worth $tens of million of dollars handed to the terrorist on a silver platter by the lawyer dumbass. It will be the jihadi message, round the clock, for weeks.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 30, 2013 2:07:33 AM

@Liz McD
There will be a trial. There is no chance of an acquittal and the government wants Tsarnaev on death row. Even if the government loses and he gets a lighter sentence, it will be the same life sentence he would have gotten from a plea deal.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 30, 2013 1:22:19 PM

MikeinCT - What makes you think there will be no plea deal?

Posted by: Liz McD | Jun 30, 2013 4:25:19 PM

@Liz McD
I just told you why.

Posted by: MikeinCT | Jun 30, 2013 7:20:37 PM

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