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Tsarnaev will either spend the rest of his life in prison or go to death row

Apr 08, 2015 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.

At trial, my hero Judy Clarke set the stage for the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Boston bombing trial. The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all thirty counts.

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.

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