Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial

Stories on the terrorism trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

At Boston College Law School Forum, Tsarnaev Judge Defends Handling Of Trial

April 07, 2016
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing to apologize, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Judge George O’Toole addressed criticism over the racial makeup of the jury that sentenced convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Boston Marathon Bomber Asks For New Lawyers To Handle Appeal

February 17, 2016

Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed a motion Wednesday asking the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to replace most of the lawyers who defended him during his trial. That’s a standard practice in death penalty appeals.

Judge Releases List Of Tsarnaev Jurors

February 12, 2016
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from right, is depicted with his lawyers, left, beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addressed a pool of potential jurors in early January. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Nearly nine months after a jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings alongside his brother, the judge in the case has released the names of the jurors who decided his fate.

Lawyers For Boston Marathon Bomber File Notice Of Appeal

January 29, 2016

The notice filed Friday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals doesn’t describe any grounds for appeal.

Court Begins Unsealing Documents In Tsarnaev Case

January 27, 2016
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, stands with his defense attorneys as his death sentence is read in federal court in Boston last May.(Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Hundreds of sealed documents regarding the Boston Marathon bombing were made public Wednesday — more than seven months after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for the 2013 attack.

Boston Bomber’s Lawyers Argue For A New Trial Despite Longs Odds In Appeals Court

December 02, 2015

Almost seven months after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced six times to death, his attorneys are arguing for a new trial.

Boston Marathon Bomber’s Lawyers Argue For New Trial

December 01, 2015

Tsarnaev’s lawyers told a judge Tuesday that a recent Supreme Court ruling calls into question 15 of the 30 counts against him.

Tsarnaev Lawyers Back In Court To Argue For New Trial For The Convicted Boston Bomber

December 01, 2015

Six and a half months after a jury chose the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the case of the self-admitted Boston Marathon bomber returns to federal court in Boston Tuesday morning.

‘Juror 83’ Is First Tsarnaev Juror To Speak About Trial Experience, Death Penalty Decision

August 25, 2015
Kevan Fagan, 23, speaks about his experience serving on the jury in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Kevan Fagan, 23, told WBUR he would likely have changed his vote had he been aware of the Richard family’s opposition to the death penalty. He is now the first juror to agree to be named, have his picture taken and talk about the trial.

3 Months After Death Sentence, Judge Still Holds Tsarnaev Jury List

August 18, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley courthouse in Boston on May 15. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Observers say Judge George O’Toole’s holding of the jury list for three months is unprecedented.

Plan For Second Trial For Boston Bomber Prompts Backlash

July 19, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands with his defense attorneys as a death sentence is read at the Moakley federal courthouse in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

A state prosecutor’s insistence that Tsarnaev should stand trial a second time has triggered an indignant backlash from those who insist it would re-traumatize victims and amount to a waste of taxpayer money.

Boston Police Overtime For Tsarnaev Trial Totaled $748,000

July 17, 2015

Police officials said Thursday that officers worked more than 13,000 hours of overtime helping secure the federal courthouse from January through May during the trial and sentencing.

Middlesex DA Wants To Try Tsarnaev For MIT Officer’s Death

July 11, 2015

A state prosecutor says she intends to try Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the death of a MIT police officer even though Tsarnaev is already on death row.

Condemned Boston Marathon Bomber Files Motion For New Trial

July 06, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing on Wednesday. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

The motion did not contain any details on Tsarnaev’s legal arguments, saying only that a new trial is “required in the interests of justice.”

The State Of Tsarnaev’s Soul

July 02, 2015
This undated photo released by the FBI on April 19, 2013 shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. On Friday, May 15, 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attack. (FBI/AP)

Is he unredeemable, or is he a person capable of awakening to the moral horror of what he did? Why are so desperate to understand?

What Do We Relinquish When We Say ‘I Forgive You’?

July 01, 2015
Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change? (David Goldman/AP)

Forgiveness need not mean forgetting or acquiescing, but is it necessary to effect change?

Timeline: The Boston Marathon Bombing Trial And Tsarnaev’s Long Legal Road Ahead

June 30, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing on Wednesday. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

We’ve compiled all of our coverage of his trial here.

Contemplating Humanity In The Age Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev And Dylann Roof

June 30, 2015
A woman pauses before laying a bouquet of flowers and an American flag at a memorial, Friday, June 19, 2015 in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

Our mortal inability to adequately fathom others with subtlety and humility: this is our universal tragedy.

Must We Forgive Dzhokhar Tsarnaev And Dylann Roof?

June 25, 2015
Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock, left, and her mother Carol Downing, right, walk past demonstrators outside federal court in Boston, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

The novelist, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, wrestles with the question of whether forgiveness is possible in the cases of the Boston Marathon bomber and the Charleston shooting suspect.

Former Judge On Why Tsarnaev Apologized In Court

June 25, 2015

Retired federal Judge Nancy Gertner joined WBUR to discuss Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s apology to bombing victims and Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.

Victims React, Some With Disgust, To Tsarnaev’s Apology

June 25, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing on Wednesday. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

It’s something victims thought they’d never hear: Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says he’s sorry for the pain, suffering and damage he caused. But some victims were not impressed with what he said.

Judge Tells Tsarnaev, Bound For Death Row, He’ll Be Remembered For Murdering, Maiming

June 25, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing on Wednesday. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

“What will be remembered” of you, U.S. District Judge George O’Toole told Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during his formal sentencing, “is the evil you have done.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Remorse Changes The Story, If We Let It

June 24, 2015
Amée LaTour: "Dzhokhar Tsarnaev...can now serve as a cautionary example to others: The resolve of ideology dissolves in the face of the concrete harm it attempts to legitimate." Pictured: In this courtroom sketch, Tsarnaev stands before U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. as he addresses the court during his sentencing, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev…can now serve as a cautionary example to others: The resolve of ideology dissolves in the face of the concrete harm it attempts to legitimate.

What The Judge Said As He Sentenced Tsarnaev To Death

June 24, 2015

After victim impact statements and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s statement to the court, here’s what U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. said as he formally sentenced the Boston Marathon bomber to the death penalty.

‘He Chose Hate’: What Was Said In Tsarnaev Victim Impact Statements

June 24, 2015

One by one survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and victims’ family members came forward to address Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his formal sentencing hearing. Here’s some of what was said.

Death Qualified: The Tsarnaev Jury, His Sentence And The Questions That Remain

May 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

It may well be that this jury was the fairest that could be selected, given the requirement of death qualification. Or not.

Can Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Win His Appeal?

May 19, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. The federal jury ruled on Friday, May 15, that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Among the issues to explore in an appeal of Tsarnaev’s death sentence is the question of whether a heavy thumb was placed on the scale of justice in favor of a unanimous verdict.

Tsarnaev And The Long Legal Road Ahead

May 18, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, stands with his defense attorneys as a death by lethal injection sentence is read at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The convicted Boston Marathon bomber’s options are extensive, says Daniel S. Medwed, but not endless.

Tsarnaev’s Death Sentence: Vengeance Masquerading As Justice

May 15, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arrives in the courtroom at the Moakley Federal court house in the penalty phase of his trial in Boston, Friday, May 15, 2015. The federal jury ruled that the 21-year-old Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 attack. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

This is what ‘Boston Strong’ has wrought — state-sponsored murder camouflaged as righteous retribution.

Tsarnaev: Considering The Role Of Victims In Sentencing

May 15, 2015
Wendy Kaminer: Why shouldn’t defense attorneys have been permitted to invoke the preferences of prominent survivors for a life sentence instead of death? In this photo, victims and first responders speak to members of the media after the death penalty verdict for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Friday, May 15, 2015. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Why shouldn’t defense attorneys have been permitted to invoke the preferences of prominent survivors for a life sentence instead of death?

Defense Rests In Penalty Phase Of Tsarnaev Trial

May 11, 2015
FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Today saw the final day of testimony from witnesses called on behalf of the defense team for the convicted Boston bomber.

Will The Unusual Charges Against Police Officers In Baltimore Hold Up?

May 05, 2015
Police in riot gear push back on media and a crowd gathering in the street after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. The curfew was imposed after unrest in the city over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. (David Goldman/AP)

You don’t have to be an apologist for police brutality to speak up for the rights of the officers accused in this case.

Why I Testified On Behalf Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

May 04, 2015
Becki Norris: "Over the past two years, I have had to accept that a kind and gentle temperament is not a lifetime guarantee, and a smart and caring child can go far, far down an evil path." In this photo, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured at his high school graduation in 2011. (Robin Young/AP)

Before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was the convicted Boston Marathon bomber, he was Becki Norris’ beloved student.

Bomber Trial: How Do You Talk To Children About The Death Penalty?

April 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty points to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

“It’s important not to expect that you will explain everything perfectly all at once or that your child will understand perfectly. It requires being comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

McVeigh Juror To Tsarnaev Jurors: ‘I Hope You Can Live With This For The Rest Of Your Life’

April 15, 2015
The McVeigh jury members address the media during a news conference in Denver, Colo., the day after sentencing McVeigh to death in 1997. From right to left: Roger Brown, Fred Clarke, Doug Carr, Diane Faircloth, James Osgood, Tonya Stedman, Mike Leeper, Ruth Meier, Jonathon Candelaria, Martha Hite and Vera Chubb. (Michael S. Green/AP)

Mike Leeper was a juror in the trial of the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh — the last person to receive a federal death sentence. While confident of his decision, Leeper is still dealing with the effects of serving on the trial.

Why We Needed To Hold A Trial For The Boston Marathon Bomber

April 10, 2015
Chris Daly: "No matter what the cost, the trial was worthwhile. Its value cannot be measured in money alone." Pictured: In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts against him. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

No matter what the cost, the trial was worthwhile. Its value cannot be measured in money alone.

On Death Penalty For Boston Bomber, Survivors Have Mixed Feelings

April 09, 2015
From left: Dana Cohen, Carlos Arredondo, Karen Brassard, Liz Norden, Laurie Scher and Massport Fire Lt. Michael Ward at a press conference outside of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse following a verdict in the Marathon Bombing case on on April 8, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty on all 30 counts related to his involvement in the 2013 bombing, which resulted in three deaths and over 250 injuries. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

The Boston Marathon bombing trial now moves into the second phase, after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges.

A Sobering Decision Now Faces The Tsarnaev Jury

April 08, 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 Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Boston. Tsarnaev was convicted on multiple charges in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

After the verdict, the real challenge begins.

Tsarnaev Convicted On All Charges In Marathon Bombing

April 08, 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. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The jury will now move on to a second phase of the trial, to decide whether he should receive the death penalty.

After The Rhetoric, The True Cost Of Capital Punishment

April 08, 2015
Considering the costs and systemic impacts of the death penalty, also known as the prosaic flip side of the debate. In this courtroom sketch, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty is depicted pointing to defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Considering the costs and systemic impacts of the death penalty, also known as the prosaic flip side of the debate. 

Marathon Bombing Trial Heads For Sentencing Phase

April 06, 2015
FILE - In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case against Tsarnaev on Monday, March 30, 2015, after jurors saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

After closing arguments today, the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will now move to the sentencing phase.

Tsarnaev Trial: The Feds Aren’t Out For Justice, They're Out For Blood

April 03, 2015
Harvey Silverglate: It’s tempting to believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to have entire weight of the country’s prosecutorial might bearing down on him. But does it help our community heal? In this photo, Joe Kebartas of South Boston holds anti-death penalty sign as he stands next to the federal courthouse Monday March 9, 2015, in Boston, during the federal death penalty trial of Tsarnaev. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

It’s tempting to believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves to have the entire weight of the country’s prosecutorial might bearing down on him. But does it help our community heal?

Exploiting Our Collective Nightmare: The Case Against Mark Wahlberg’s Marathon Bombing Movie

April 03, 2015
Mark Wahlberg, pictured here in Los Angeles in November 2014, will produce "Patriots' Day," a film chronicling the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, based on the firsthand account of then-Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. (Richard Shotwell/AP)

Two years after the bombings, with the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev still underway, the city is not ready for its trauma to be transformed into entertainment.

Marathon Bombing Trial Heads for Closing Arguments

April 01, 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. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

The defense rested its case yesterday, just a day after it called its first witness. WBUR’s David Boeri reports.

Prosecution Rests, Defense Set To Begin In Boston Bombing Trial

March 30, 2015
Members of the legal defense team for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, including Miriam Conrad (L) and Judy Clarke (C) enter the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on March 19, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tsarnaev has plead 'not guilty' to 30 charges which could result in the death penalty if he is found guilty. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

A defense attorney who has handled death penalty cases discusses the defense strategy in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial.

In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial, Prosecution Close To Wrapping Up

March 27, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston, Dec. 18, 2014. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Monday will be the last day for the prosecution to make its case in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

Boston Deserved Better: A Case For Broadcasting The Tsarnaev Trial

March 12, 2015
Television cameras sitting on tripods are lined up outside the federal courthouse prior to the arraignment of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

If any case called out for full community access to the judicial process, it was this one.

Reliving The Horror: Contemplating The Purpose Of The Tsarnaev Trial

March 11, 2015
If Dzohkhar Tsarnaev admits that he did it, to what end are we revisiting the gruesome details of April 2013? This undated forensics photograph presented as evidence during the federal death penalty trial of Tsarnaev Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Boston, shows handwriting on the bullet-riddled, blood-stained wall of a boat. The prosecution presented the photo as evidence of the handwritten note found inside the boat where Tsarnaev was captured April 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass., four days after the Boston Marathon bombings. (U.S. Attorney's Office/AP)

If Dzohkhar Tsarnaev admits that he did it, to what end are we revisiting the gruesome details of April 2013?

I Was Juror 359, But I Wasn't Seated On The Tsarnaev Jury

March 06, 2015
Author Erin Dionne writes about the process of being summoned, the months-long interruption to her life and what it was like to be in the presence of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber. In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

Author Erin Dionne writes about the process of being summoned, the months-long interruption to her life and what it was like to be in the presence of the admitted Boston Marathon bomber.

Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Ends Week One

March 06, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Bill Richard, right, whose son was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, testifies during the federal death penalty trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

A long line of victims and first responders have already taken the stand, and the defense so far is contesting nothing.

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