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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

(Reuters) – Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records.

The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents filed in federal court in Massachusetts.

Tsarnaev was convicted in April of killing three people and injuring 264 in the bombing near the finish line of the world-renowned Boston Marathon in 2013, as well as fatally shooting a police officer three days later.

The same jury voted for execution by injection in May.

At his formal sentencing on June 24, the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen apologized and admitted he and his now-dead older brother carried out the attack.

Attorneys for the convicted bomber described the motion as a “placeholder” and said they would spell out reasons for seeking a new trial in additional filings by Aug. 17.

Legal maneuvering over Tsarnaev’s fate could play out for years. Just three of the 74 people sentenced to death in the United States for federal crimes since 1998 have been executed.

Three people died in the bombing: Martin Richard, 8, Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu, 26, and restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29.

Three days later, Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, shot dead Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, 26.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a gunfight with police that ended when Dzhokhar ran him over with a car.

At trial, prosecutors described the brothers as adherents of al Qaeda’s militant Islamist ideology who wanted to “punish America” with the attack on the marathon.

Tsarnaev’s attorneys admitted their client had played a role in the attack but tried to portray him as the junior partner in a scheme hatched and driven by his older brother, who was killed in a shootout with police a few days after the bombing.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Bill Trott)

  • Joe T

    To paraphrase the “all wise” POTUS (RU kidding) if Obama had a male child he would look, think and act just like this terroristic Muslim did sans compunction.

    • Looner

      Hey, I think you are running late for your White supremist meeting. I heard it’s “Get a Swastika Tattoo for Free Night” so you had better hurry along.

      • Joe T

        Looner…is that your moniker gleamed from the Crazy Loon family?

        In retrospect, it doesn’t matter if the POTUS aka a Charlatan in office is black or white or red or yellow (verified he’s 3 out of 4) or a Republican or a Democrat or a dyed in the wool covert thinking 24/7 Muslim loving defender of Islam; he’s down on the USA. When IRAN gets the NUKE and it will via POTUS, your kind of liberalism aka socialistic ideology will spin it another way. The seeds of Chaos and Death has already been sown by this POTUS aka Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama.


        09/11/2012 (would someone describe the POTUS OBAMA as sane?)

        A prominent member of Chicago’s homosexual community claims Barack Obama’s participation in the “gay” bar and bathhouse scene was so well known that many who were aware of his lifestyle were shocked when he ran for president and finally won the White House.

        “It was preposterous to the people I knew then to think Obama was going to keep his gay life secret,” said Kevin DuJan, who was a .gossip columnist in Chicago for various blogs when Obama was living in the city as a community organizer and later a state senator.

        “Nobody who knew Obama in the gay bar scene thought he could possibly be president,” said DuJan. DuJan, founder and editor of the Hillary Clinton-supporting website, he has first-hand information from two different sources that “Obama was personally involved in the gay bar scene.”

    • drdroad

      Joe T is one scary SOB!

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