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Tsarnaev: Closing arguments today in the guilt phase

Bob Ward Fox25 ?@Bward3 1h1 hour ago

Clarke: Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev is ready to stand by your verdict to be held respsonsible for his actions.

 Kevin Cullen ?@GlobeCullen 60m60 minutes ago

“We know Jahar hurled bombs at the police. It matters because you’re entitled to know the full picture.”

 WBUR Live ?@wburLive 44m44 minutes ago

Clarke on #Tsarnaev‘s boat note: “what he doesn’t written in here what a violent jihadi might write: Death to America.”

Judy Clarke knows that the contrast between her telling the truth and the government’s overreach in an attempt to convince them to kill Dzhokhar will expose them for what they are: corrupted by blood lust.

 I know Judy Clarke personally. She is setting the tone and controlling the courtroom in preparation for the penalty phase that will begin next Monday.
In my opinion, she is an angel here on Earth saving lives and souls, one at a time. She is the finest and most committed death penalty lawyer in the land. She does not get involved in death penalty cases where the client is claiming actual innocence. If she were to have been assigned to such a case, she would entrust the defense to others. She’s totally committed to saving the lives of those among us who are hated and reviled. She is truly committed to doing God’s work and I do not know anyone who is as selfless and forgiving as she is.

I burn hot with anger when anyone suggests she would play games with a client’s life or sell out an innocent client by leaning on them to plead guilty to a crime they did not commit.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is certainly less culpable than his brother and probably would not have gotten involved but for his brother and perhaps to a somewhat lesser extent, his mother.

Unfortunately, however, he did get involved. He knew what he was doing and he was all for it. He explained why he got involved by writing it down on the wall of the boat. He expected to die and join his brother in paradise as a martyr for the cause.

He was wrong. The God of Abraham, whom he worships as Allah, is not a god of vengeance. He is a god of love. Our higher selves know that. We who represent the hated and the reviled know that. Judy knows that and that is why she has been completely up front and truthful with the jury.

She will expose her heart and soul to the jury and speak to to their heart and souls.

We should all pray that she succeeds.

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.

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