Tsarnaev will either spend the rest of his life in prison or go to death row
Ordinarily, criminal defendants go to trial intent on obtaining a full or partial acquittal, except for trials that are more like slow guilty pleas in non-capital cases — when the chances of acquittal look bleak — and trials as preludes to the sentencing phase of a capital murder trial, when a murder conviction looks certain.
I would love to catch Judy in action at this or any other trial. Until then, I start with having these transcripts of her opening statement and closing argument from Tsarnaev’s trial.
Capital punishment alone makes the United States far from a civilized enough society. And my state of Virginia has contributed mightily to that barbarism.