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30 For 30: Boston Jury Finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty Of All Charges

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30 For 30: Boston Jury Finds Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty Of All Charges

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The jury in the Boston bombings trial reached a verdict Wednesday, after deliberating behind closed doors for a combined 11 hours over the last two days. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts against him.

Of the charges, 17 were related to the Boston Marathon bombing itself, and carry the possibility of the death penalty. These included conspiracy to use, and possession of, a weapon of mass destruction, possession and use of a firearm, and bombing of a public place. The remaining charges pertain to the aftermath of the bombing, as police tracked Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in the pursuit.

As the 30 guilty verdicts were read, Tzarnaev looked down at his hands, showing no emotion, according to initial reports from the courtroom, which was silent.

Photo: Handout image shown to jurors on March 18, 2015 in Boston, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Justice, shows an evidence photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his home in Cambridge, MA. (afp.com)

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Sam Reisman

Sam Reisman is the former managing editor at The National Memo, where he still writes the weekly "This Week In Crazy" column. His writing has appeared in Flavorpill, The Huffington Post, Columbia Daily Spectator, and Bwog. He was the publisher of the 2010 edition of Inside New York, an annual guidebook to the city for students and young professionals.

Since 2011, he has co-curated and hosted Peculiar Streams, a showcase for NYC-based writers, musicians, comedians, and filmmakers. He is a staff writer at Mediaite, and blogs at SamReisman.com.

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  1. MVH1 April 8, 2015

    The prosecution did an excellent job to get guilty on all counts. It is extremely difficult to have any sympathy for this young man. He was not a child and the life he lived did not seem he was easily influenced by anyone much. This country provided amazing opportunities he wouldn’t have had access to anywhere else on earth as an immigrant and he seems to have found none of it had special value. I’m not sure that warrants a death penalty but it garners no sympathy whatsoever for the dastardly destruction he and his sick brother inflicted. I don’t believe the verdict would have been different anywhere in the country. Now for the penalty. No matter what, he ruined his life forever more.

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    1. bhaggen April 8, 2015

      The broken death penalty should NOT be applied in this case. Put Tzarnaev out in “general population” & let nature take it’s course.

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      1. MVH1 April 8, 2015

        I don’t believe in the death penalty. If I don’t believe in it, I can’t believe in it even for this amount of pain and misery he and his brother inflicted. There are worse things than being put to death. I think general population for him would probably be or isolation.

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        1. bhaggen April 8, 2015

          I believe isolation to be far more cruel & inhumane than the death penalty. General population worked for Jeffrey Dahmer right?

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          1. MVH1 April 8, 2015

            Me, too. And I forgot about Dahmer. Very effective.

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  2. Bob M April 9, 2015

    I believe execution would make him a martyr or hero in some peoples eyes. A small cell with a guy named Bubba for the next 50 years would do nicely.

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