The Trial Of The Marathon Bombings Opens In Boston
Twenty months after the carnage of the Boston bombings, the trial only suspect, a young Muslim Chechens, opens Monday in the city, with jury selection.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, who must be present Monday to federal court in Boston (Northeast US), faces the death penalty for these attacks, the most serious since the September 11 attacks in the United States.
They had killed three people, including a child, and 264 injured April 15, 2013 when two bombs exploded 12 seconds apart in the crowd gathered near the marathon finish line, reviving fears of terrorism in the United UNite.
The trial, expected to last at least three months, is sure to stir memories still painful.Some victims, like Liz Norden, two son were amputated leg, pledged themselves not to miss a day, to try to understand.
Others, like Heather Abbott, 40, another amputee, hesitated until the end.
Others refuse to even glimpse Tsarnaev, frail figure to the rebellious mop apparently well integrated student at the relevant time. Arrived in the Boston area for 8 years with his family, he was naturalized in 2012.
It will be only at trial. His older brother Tamerlan, 26, that the defense should apply to present as the brain of the attacks that the brothers had apparently prepared alone, was killed four days later during a violent confrontation with police.
After a manhunt conducted by thousands of police, who had turned into a ghost town Boston, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested a few hours after the death of his brother, hidden in a boat, in a garden Boston suburb. He was seriously injured.
Jury selection is expected to last at least two weeks, 1,200 people were summoned to court. Monday morning, the first group of 200 to 250 people will be given a questionnaire to complete, with a series of recommendations. Monday afternoon, a second group will be convened. The scenario will be the same Tuesday and Wednesday. the trial will then be adjourned until the end of next week to give time to the defense and the prosecution to study these questionnaires. Then begin the process of elimination, until the parties agree on 12 jurors and six alternates.
It is these jurors, if they recognize the accused guilty, then will have to decide, in a second phase of the trial, if it should be sentenced to death.
Held virtually in solitary confinement in the prison hospital at Fort Devens, 70 miles from Boston, Tsarnaev has done since the attacks two brief appearances: once again injured in July 2013 to plead not guilty to 30 the charges against him, including use of a weapon of mass destruction causing death and attack in a public space;and again on December 18, apparently recovered from his injuries, for a brief hearing before the trial.
According to the indictment, the two Tsarnaev brothers had apparently acted alone, lone wolves radicalized, having learned to make bombs on the internet, from a review of Al Qaeda.
On an inner wall of the vessel, Dzhokhar wrote a semblance of explanation for their act.
“The US government is killing our innocent civilians. We Muslims are one body, you hurt the one of us, you do us harm at all. Stop killing our innocent and we’ll stop. ”
The federal lawsuit is one of the most important since that of Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Tsarnaev will be defended by a team of five lawyers, including Judy Clarke, specialist business involving the death penalty.
She avoided many of its customers in the 90, including the author of the attacks of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 (two deaths). But it would have to reach an agreement with prosecutors, who do not seem willing at this stage.