Crime & Justice

Pressure Cooker Parts, BBs, Nails Found In Tsarnaev Family Home

March 25, 2015

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been shown pressure cooker parts, BBs, nails and a piece of hobby fuse that were found in his apartment.

Prosecutors To Rest Case Against Aaron Hernandez Soon, Judge Says

March 25, 2015

The judge says prosecutors are “about a week or so” away from resting their case against the former New England Patriots player.

As Prosecution Winds Down In Tsarnaev Trial, A Look At Its Focus, Recent Witnesses

March 25, 2015

WBUR’s David Boeri discusses the prosecution’s recent positions as it winds down its case in the first phase of the trial of admitted Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

4 Key Moments From Day 12: A Look At Some Of Tsarnaev’s UMass Records

March 24, 2015

Jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial heard more testimony Tuesday about the weapons used in Watertown, and about some of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s school records from UMass Dartmouth.

Tsarnaev Blamed Bad Grades On Loss Of Loved Ones In Chechnya

March 24, 2015

In appealing his loss of financial aid, Tsarnaev wrote that he had been unable to concentrate on his studies because he had “lost too many” loved ones in Chechnya during the previous year.

Hernandez Cousin Made To Testify Says She Can’t Recall Facts

March 24, 2015
Witness Jennifer Mercado, a cousin of defendant Aaron Hernandez, testifies during his murder trial Tuesday. (The Boston Globe/Aram Boghosian/Pool)

Jennifer Mercado was granted immunity from prosecution before testifying Tuesday. She gave Hernandez a big smile from the witness box.

Tsarnaev Friend Matanov Pleads Guilty To Lying To FBI

March 24, 2015
In this 2014 courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov, second from left, with attorney Paul Glickman, left, appears in federal court in Boston before Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Khairullozhon Matanov, a cab driver from Quincy, is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Boston on Tuesday for a change of plea hearing.

Key Moments From Day 11 Of Tsarnaev Trial Testimony: Terrorism Expert Testifies

March 23, 2015

Jurors in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Monday heard more testimony about the contents of Tsarnaev’s computer and from a terrorism expert.

WBUR Poll: Most In Boston Think Tsarnaev Should Get Life In Prison Over Death Penalty

March 23, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial Thursday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

As the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev moves ahead, a new WBUR poll finds most Boston residents believe the admitted bomber should receive life in prison instead of the death penalty.

Juveniles Seeking Parole Entitled To Lawyers, State’s Highest Court Rules

March 23, 2015

The 5-2 decision by the Supreme Judicial Court builds on a December 2013 ruling that found mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional.

Tsarnaev Note In Boat Used Jihadi Themes, Terrorism Expert Testifies

March 23, 2015

In the note, Tsarnaev condemned U.S. actions in Muslim countries and asked Allah to make him a “shaheed,” a martyr, said Matthew Levitt, a terrorism expert at The Washington Institute, a think tank that focuses on U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Hernandez Sent $15K To Man Accused Of Selling Guns, Teller Testifies

March 23, 2015

The lawyer for a Florida man who bought a .22-caliber weapon found in the woods near Aaron Hernandez’s home says his client has been granted immunity in the former New England Patriots player’s murder trial.

Witnesses: Aaron Hernandez Co-Defendant Was Nervous After Killing

March 20, 2015

Aaron Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd

Key Moments From Day 10 Of Tsarnaev Trial: Computer Evidence Introduced

March 19, 2015

The focus of testimony in the Boston Marathon bombing trial Thursday was the scene in Watertown as well as files found on multiple electronic devices owned by the Tsarnaevs.

Tsarnaev’s Computer Contained Extremist Materials, FBI Agent Testifies

March 19, 2015

Jurors Thursday got a glimpse of the contents of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s computer, which included extremist materials such as Inspire magazine.

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