Boston Marathon Bombing
June 24, 2015

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his long-held silence during his death sentencing Wednesday.

"I want to ask for forgiveness from Allah," he began. "I was listening as all these people testified... all those who got on that witness stand... with strength, with dignity. I am sorry for the lives I have taken... for the damage I have done. I ask Allah to have mercy upon me, my brother, and my family."

Earlier, victims of the bombing and their families had the chance to address Tsarnaev. "At least you won't hurt anyone else," Patricia Campbell, whose daughter Krystle was killed in the attack, told Tsarnaev.

"Why didn't we see any remorse?" Karen McWatters, an amputee and friend of Krystle Campbell, asked. "You ruined so many lives that day. You ruined your own. You will die alone in prison. Now is the time to show your regret and remorse."

According to his attorney, last year Tsarnaev had written a letter of apology and offered to plead guilty in exchange for his life; his request was denied. On April 8, Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 counts against him — 17 of which carry the death penalty — in relation to the bombing, which killed three and injured hundreds in April 2013. He had not testified at his trial. Jeva Lange

May 15, 2015

In light of the news that a jury sentenced convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzohkar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection, Attorney General Loretta Lynch called the news a "fitting punishment" for a "coldly and callously perpetuated attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals."

Lynch added that she hopes the verdict "will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families" — though according to CNN, it's likely that there will be a "years-long appeals process" before the case is finally closed.

The verdict marks the first time after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that federal prosecutors have won the death penalty for someone who was convicted of terrorism.

On April 8, Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 counts against him — 17 of which carried the death penalty — in relation to the bombing, which killed three and maimed and injured hundreds in April 2013. Samantha Rollins

May 11, 2015

During convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's sentencing trial on Monday, anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean took the stand.

Prejean said that Tsarnaev "was genuinely sorry for what he did," adding that she has met with him five times since March. Prejean explained that she had discussed both Islam and Catholicism with Tsarnaev, and she could tell in their conversations that he was "sincerely remorseful" about the event. On April 8, Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 counts against him in relation to the bombing, and 17 of those counts carry the death penalty.

After Prejean left the stand, the defense team rested its case. The court will resume on Wednesday, when closing arguments will be delivered. Following the prosecution's final rebuttal, the jury will decide whether to sentence Tsarnaev to the death penalty or to a life in prison with no chance of parole. Meghan DeMaria

April 27, 2015

A new poll shows that support for the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has decreased in recent months among Massachusetts residents.

Only 15 percent of Boston residents believe that Tsarnaev should be executed, according to the poll. And while almost a third of Massachusetts residents reported support for the death penalty, just 18.9 percent thought Tsarnaev should receive it. That's a significant decrease from a Boston Globe poll in September 2013, which found that 33 percent of Massachusetts residents favored the death penalty for the bomber.

"It seems that voters have concluded that Tsarnaev does not deserve a quick death, but rather should spend the remainder of his days in a windowless cell contemplating the heinous acts that put him there," Frank Perullo, president of Sage Systems LLC, which conducted the poll, told The Boston Globe. “To voters, it would seem death is too easy an escape."

A jury is in the midst of Tsarnaev's trial's penalty phase, in which they will decide whether to sentence him to the death penalty or life in prison. Meghan DeMaria

April 17, 2015

In a Boston Globe op-ed, the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, argue that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should not be given the death penalty. Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 counts in his trial for the bombing, and a jury is now deciding whether to give him a life in prison or the death penalty.

"We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives," Richard's parents wrote in the op-ed. "We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring."

Next week, the jury will begin the trial's penalty phase to determine Tsarnaev's punishment. But even if he is sentenced to the death penalty, there could still be a years-long appeals process. Meghan DeMaria

April 9, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Thursday said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted yesterday on 30 counts of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, should not be given the death penalty. "You know my heart goes out to the families here, but I don’t support the death penalty," she told CBS's This Morning. "I think that he should spend his life in jail, no possibility of parole. He should die in prison."

Warren, considered a leader of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, has previously stated she personally opposes the death penalty, but she did not publicly oppose the Justice Department's decision to seek the death penalty in this case. Ryu Spaeth

April 6, 2015

The prosecution and defense rested their cases on Monday in the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, leaving the jury to begin deliberations Tuesday. Painting Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, as unrepentant terrorists, the prosecution argued the two "felt they were soldiers" who were "bringing their battle to Boston."

Tsarnaev faces 30 charges, 17 of which carry the death penalty. His lawyers have never contested his involvement, instead arguing Tamerlan masterminded the attack. Jon Terbush

March 11, 2015

You're never going to see footage from the ongoing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial in Boston. So, if you want the unedited play-by-play of the accused Boston bomber's courtroom drama (that isn't typed out in 140 characters) you'll have to buy a transcript.

But that's going to cost you, says Hilary Sargent at Sargent, who is covering the federal case, spoke with a court reporter who estimated the total project cost for the fastest transcript turnaround. The estimated 68-day trial will likely rack up about 15,300 pages of transcript, which comes to $92,656. If that number is difficult to wrap your brain around, let me put it into perspective. You can either buy the full transcript of the Boston bombing trial or you can buy 5 top-of-the-line 18-karat gold Apple Watches. The choice is yours.

To be fair, the money for the transcripts goes directly to those hard-working court reporters (and not Uncle Sam), who have to pay for their own software and equipment. And that $92,565 price could drop if you are one of the lucky subsequent buyers and not the first eager beaver out of the gate. —Lauren Hansen

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