It is no surprise that the prosecution in the trial of the surviving alleged “Boston Marathon Bomber”, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, is planning on seeking the death penalty. That is almost assumed at this point. The surprise is how soon that will be sought. As Reuters reports:
Weinreb told U.S. District Judge George O’Toole that the Justice Department believed it had authority to determine when it would make the decision on whether to seek the death penalty.
“We think that six months is a reasonable time,” Weinreb said. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty in July to 30 criminal counts.
Defense attorney Judy Clarke, a death-penalty specialist, told the court she was concerned that the prosecutors planned to decide whether to seek execution before the defense had finished reviewing the evidence.
“It’s pretty stunning to say they can make a decision based on what they know without any defense input,” Clarke said. “They may have an erroneous story.”
Personally, I believe that the official story of the events that took place last April are erroneous all by themselves. As we’ve covered here at Truth Frequency since it happened, the facts that are actually relevant to this case (such as Craft, International’s suspicious presence at the marathon, the “controlled explosion” tweet put out right before, the sudden – but friendly – deportation of a Saudi national that just happened to be visiting the White House around the same time, and the suspicious events surrounding the elder Tsarnaev’s death and his younger brother’s “self-inflicted” gunshot wound to the neck that authorities later admitted was caused by them and was probably carried out to try to keep him from talking to the press or kill him altogether like so many other “terrorists” throughout the last decade) are almost never mentioned in the state-run media and thus, will not be covered in the least in the show trial.
This is a slap in the face to true justice and the rule of law, because if the defense team doesn’t have the opportunity to review all of the evidence relevant to the case – especially if a massive cover-up and whitewashing has taken place – before the death penalty is officially sought by the prosecution, there is no way that a fair trial can take place. Of course Reuters, in state-run propaganda fashion, tried to make this sound like it would turn out better for Tsarnaev:
While jurors are supposed to consider guilt and sentencing as separate matters, the knowledge that prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty can raise the stakes in a jury’s eyes, said Barry Slotnick, a defense attorney with Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney.
“If they are aware of the fact that the prosecution is going to ask for the death penalty, the jury may determine that there is a greater burden on the part of the prosecution to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt,” Slotnick said.
However, they partially-redeemed themselves in the next few paragraphs, by at least mentioning that the records submitted to the court would be sealed – which was also the case in the trial of Aurora shooter James Holmes:
O’Toole also warned attorneys that he planned to review all requests to enter documents into the record under seal, which blocks them from public view.
“Before something can be filed under seal, there must be a motion to seal explaining the reason why the matter should be placed under seal … and indicate when the matter might be unsealed,” O’Toole said.
The initial charges against Tsarnaev, read to him as he lay badly wounded in a hospital bed three days after his arrest, were filed under seal.
There is no logical reason why everything regarding these domestic terrorism cases should be sealed, unless there is something – or many things – in there that the authorities don’t want the general public to know.
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