What Toll Did The Tsarnaev Trial Take On The Jury?

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Jurors in the Tsarnaev trial listed to gruesome testimony, heard from survivors and families and had to look at autopsy photos that were so graphic and disturbing, they were only shown to the jury.

Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen calls the evidence, "appalling, shocking, horrific," and wonders what it means for jurors to have seen and heard it. Counselor Stacey Miles Thorpe says it's traumatic — and very different from violence on TV or in the movies, because jurors have to pay very close attention for hours and days.


Kevin Cullen, columnist for The Boston Globe. He tweets @GlobeCullen.

Stacey Miles-Thorpe, licensed clinical social worker and counselor with the Travis County DA's office in Texas. She works with jurors traumatized by the evidence they hear in trials.


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  • "Moments after the jury’s sentence was announced, as it became clear that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was bound for federal death row in Terre Haute, Ind., I turned to my left."

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  • "The death penalty. That’s what 12 jurors quickly and unanimously decided is the just punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. The verdict appears a rejection of the defense’s case that Tsarnaev was brainwashed by his radicalized older brother Tamerlan, or the assertion he is remorseful for what he did. Boeri and Cullen discuss the tense final day in court."

This segment aired on May 18, 2015.


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