Dzhokhar Tsarnaev-Boston Marathon Bombing

The case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev--Boston bombing

-Motion for a new trial (Aug. 17, 2015)
-Formal sentencing by the judge took place on June 24, 2015. Because Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, the judge was required to choose a state with the death penalty to determine the manner of execution. The judge chose Indiana, site of the federal death row, where the 3 federal executions in the modern era have taken place.
-A uananimous federal jury returned a verdict of death for Tsarnaev on some counts. (May 15, 2015). See the jury's verdict form.
-Tsarnaev found guilty on all 30 counts (April 8, 2015)
-Defense rested its case on Mar. 31, 2015; closing arguments in guilt/innocence phase on April 6.
-Jury selection began on Jan. 5, 2015. U.S. District Court Judge George O'Toole.
-Attorney General Eric Holder announced the federal government would seek a death sentence for Tsarnaev if he is convicted. The death penalty could be applied to 17 of the counts with which he is charged. See Notice of Intent (Jan. 30, 2014).
-Indictment (30 counts) brought against Tsarnaev by Grand Jury (June 27, 2013)
-Charging document (18 U.S.C. s 2332a(a) Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction;
18 U.S.C. s 844(i) Malicious Destruction of Property Resulting in Death) (April 21, 2013)
-Dept. of Justice Guidelines for seeking death penalty
-Judy Clarke, an experienced death penalty attorney, was added to the defense team (April 29, 2013)
-David Bruck, a professor at the Washington & Lee School of Law, was added to the defense team after the Justice Dept. announced it was seeking the death penalty (Feb. 2014).
Related articles:
Does Death Penalty Bring Closure? (J. Marsh,, May 20, 2015)
Will the Boston Bomber Be Executed? (M. Crowley, TIME Magazine, April 25, 2013)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not face the death penalty, even for a capital crime (A. Dershowitz, The Guardian, April 24, 2013).