Crime & Justice

Program Seeks To Build Trust Between Youths And Boston Police

April 22, 2015

The Youth and Police Initiative provides workshops with the goal of breaking down mistrust between police and inner city youth.

Prosecutors Call Tsarnaev An ‘Unrepentant Killer’ As Phase 2 In His Trial Begins

April 22, 2015

Calling Dzhokhar Tsarnaev an “unrepentant killer,” federal prosecutors are urging a jury to impose a sentence of death on the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

Key Moments From Day 1 Of Penalty Phase Testimony In Tsarnaev Trial

April 21, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, William Campbell, Jr., father of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell, is depicted on the witness stand during the first day of the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The penalty phase of the trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began Tuesday with some graphic testimony from bombing survivors and the relatives of victims.

No Criminal Charges In Fire That Killed Boston Firefighters

April 21, 2015

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said Tuesday that the actions of the D&J Ironworks employees and ownership, while “irresponsible and even careless,” were not “willful, wanton, and reckless,” enough to support criminal charges.

Penalty Phase Opens In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

April 21, 2015
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Celeste Corcoran testifies Tuesday during the first day of the penalty phase in the trial Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bomber’s trial opened in powerful fashion Tuesday, with prosecutors portraying Tsarnaev as a coldblooded killer and “America’s worst nightmare.”

Rosenberg: State Should Help Keep Overdose Drug Affordable

April 20, 2015
In this 2012 file photo, a tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Senate President Stan Rosenberg says Massachusetts should use its purchasing muscle to help ensure that a key drug used to reverse heroin overdoses remains affordable.

Prosecutor: Convict Offered Sale Of Art Stolen In Gardner Heist

April 20, 2015

A federal prosecutor says a Hartford crime figure told an undercover FBI agent that he had access to two paintings stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 and was willing to negotiate a sale of individual works for $500,000.

Report: More Marathon Survivors Come Out Against Death Penalty

April 20, 2015

Two people who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing have come out in opposition of the death penalty for convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Mass. Courts Offer Restraining Order Forms In 9 Languages

April 18, 2015

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said translated forms will enable people with limited English proficiency to understand the forms related to their case and help them advocate for their own protection.

Reputed Mobster Discussed Stolen Gardner Museum Artwork, Prosecutor Says

April 17, 2015
A law enforcement agent searches a shed behind reputed mobster Robert Gentile's home in Connecticut in May of 2012. (Jessica Hill/AP)

A federal prosecutor says Robert Gentile discussed the stolen paintings with an undercover FBI agent.

Parents Of Martin Richard Urge Authorities To Take Death Penalty Off Table For Marathon Bomber

April 17, 2015
The family of Martin Richard, the youngest bombing victim, walks down Boylston Street with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh after a ceremony on Boylston Street Wednesday morning. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the bombing, write in The Boston Globe that sentencing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death “could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”

2 Years After Marathon Manhunt, A Timeline Of The 18 Hours It Took To Find Tsarnaev

April 17, 2015
Tsarnaev suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his face and a skull fracture. (Sean Murphy/Massachusetts State Police/AP)

Two years ago Sunday, police in Watertown killed marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout that lasted 4 minutes. It would take 18 hours for police to track down his brother.

Boston Police Use Marathon Security To Expand Video Surveillance Network

April 17, 2015
People pass by several surveillance cameras installed at the corner of Boylston and Hereford streets, near the Boston Marathon finish line. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Video footage helped identify the Boston Marathon bombers two years ago. But some worry police are using marathon security to increase surveillance in the city.

Death Penalty For Tsarnaev Increasingly Unpopular, WBUR Poll Finds

April 16, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, is depicted standing with his defense attorneys William Fick, left, Judy Clarke, second from right, and David Bruck, right, as the jury presents its verdict in his federal death penalty trial. The jury found Tsarnaev guilty. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Over the last month, support for punishing the convicted Boston Marathon bomber to life in prison rather than death has risen by 10 points in the Boston area.

No Criminal Charges In Weymouth Snowplow Death

April 16, 2015

The driver of a snowplow that struck and killed a woman at a Weymouth condominium complex during a storm in February won’t face charges.

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