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Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people, injured 260 more, and shook a city to its core, the federal death penalty trial of accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is underway. No two journalists are better prepared to cover the trial than WBUR reporter David Boeri and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who have been reporting on crime and justice in Boston for decades. Boeri and Cullen discuss the daily twists and turns of the trial and offer sharp insight and analysis. *New episodes are released in the evenings, after court lets out for the day.*

Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people, injured 260 more, and shook a city to its core, the federal death penalty trial of accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is underway. No two journalists are better prepared to cover the trial than WBUR reporter David Boeri and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who have been reporting on crime and justice in Boston for decades. Boeri and Cullen discuss the daily twists and turns of the trial and offer sharp insight and analysis. *New episodes are released in the evenings, after court lets out for the day.*
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Two years after the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people, injured 260 more, and shook a city to its core, the federal death penalty trial of accused terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is underway. No two journalists are better prepared to cover the trial than WBUR reporter David Boeri and Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen, who have been reporting on crime and justice in Boston for decades. Boeri and Cullen discuss the daily twists and turns of the trial and offer sharp insight and analysis. *New episodes are released in the evenings, after court lets out for the day.*

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Tsarnaev Apologizes Before Judge Sentences Him To Death

6/24/2015
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More than a month after the jury returned a verdict of death for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, all the raw wounds were ripped open again, with victim impact statements. And we were once again reminded of the pain and suffering caused by Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan. Today, Judge George O'Toole officially carried out the jury's verdict, a verdict he couldn't change, and sentenced Tsarnaev to death by execution. But before the judge did that, we heard from Dzhokhar himself,...

Duration: 00:15:58


Tsarnaev Apologizes Before Judge Sentences Him To Death

6/24/2015
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More than a month after the jury returned a verdict of death for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, all the raw wounds were ripped open again, with victim impact statements. And we were once again reminded of the pain and suffering caused by Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan. Today, Judge George O'Toole officially carried out the jury's verdict, a verdict he couldn't change, and sentenced Tsarnaev to death by execution. But before the judge did that, we heard from Dzhokhar himself,...

Duration: 00:15:58


What’s Next For Tsarnaev After The Verdict

5/18/2015
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Two years and a month after bombs exploded on the Boston Marathon finish line, becoming the biggest terrorist attack in America since 9/ll, a federal jury delivered a verdict of death to the convicted bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. After more than 4 months of trial, 154 witnesses, and no more than 15 hours of deliberations, jurors chose not life in prison without the possibility of parole, but six sentences of death. In the final episode until official sentencing, Boeri and Cullen look back...

Duration: 00:14:50


Day 33: The Death Penalty For Tsarnaev

5/15/2015
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The death penalty. That's what 12 jurors quickly and unanimously decided is the just punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombings. The verdict appears a rejection of the defense's case that Tsarnaev was brainwashed by his radicalized older brother Tamerlan, or the assertion he is remorseful for what he did. Boeri and Cullen discuss the tense day in court.

Duration: 00:12:48


Day 30: Tsarnaev Feels Remorse For Victims, Says Nun

5/11/2015
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For the first time in this federal death penalty case the jury got some insight into what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev thought of his Boston Marathon bombing victims. "No one deserves to suffer like they did," Tsarnaev said to Sister Helen Prejean, a prominent opponent of the death penalty, according to her testimony. Prejean revealed that she has met with the defendant five times while he has been in detention. In Day 30, Boeri and Cullen discuss Sister Prejean's testimony, the end of the defense's...

Duration: 00:13:41


Day 27: Defense Turns To Chechen History

5/5/2015
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The defense for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presenting the jury with a social history of his family. Today, in Day 27, the defense turned the focus to their ethnic homeland of Chechnya. Boeri and Cullen discuss how the long history of the Chechen people influenced the psychiatric well-being of Dzhokhar's father, and how his older brother Tamerlan became unhinged and abusive.

Duration: 00:14:02


Day 26: Tsarnaev’s Russian Relatives Bring Him To Tears

5/4/2015
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All throughout the federal death penalty trial of convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a key question has been: Will the defense succeed in making him into a sympathetic figure, and in doing so perhaps save his life? After months of sobering testimony, and virtually no sign of emotion or remorse from the defendant, that seemed like an impossible challenge. Boeri and Cullen discuss Day 26, in which that changed and Dzhokhar was moved to tears for the first time, just by...

Duration: 00:13:01


Day 25: Old Friends And Teachers Remember Tsarnaev As ‘Kind’

4/29/2015
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In the days after the FBI identified Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, there was a near universal reaction from anyone who had known Dzhokhar -- shock and disbelief -- saying it couldn't be. In Day 25 of the trial against Tsarnaev, Boeri and Cullen discuss an emotional day as the jury finally heard stories from former friends and teachers, painting a picture of a good kid -- lost -- and under the spell of his radicalized older brother.

Duration: 00:13:03


Day 24: Tsarnaev Testimony Shifts To Bother, Sister-In-Law

4/28/2015
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sat expressionless and nearly motionless next to his attorneys today, just as he has done during every other day of the federal death penalty case against him. But listening to his defense team, it seemed like he wasn't even in the room today, let alone the person on trial. In Day 24, Boeri and Cullen discuss the second day of defense testimony in the penalty phase, which was all about Tamerlan -- Dzhokhar's older, now dead brother -- and his wife Katherine.

Duration: 00:12:38


Day 23: Tsarnaev Defense Promises ‘No Martyrdom’ In Life Sentence

4/27/2015
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"We've now seen more pain, and more horror, and more grief in this courtroom than any of you would have thought possible." That's how attorneys today for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev opened as they began their defense in the sentencing phase of the trial against him. In Day 23, Boeri and Cullen discuss the defense's goal to shift the focus--from all that pain and horror--to putting Tsarnaev's crimes into context and convincing just one juror that he should serve life...

Duration: 00:13:31


Day 21: The Curious Subject Of Tsarnaev’s Middle Finger

4/22/2015
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In the second day of the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the jury listened to bittersweet memories shared by family members whose loved ones died at the hands of the Tsarnaev brothers. It all built on the government's case that Tsarnaev's crimes were heinous, cruel, and depraved, and thus warrant the death penalty. In Day 21, Boeri and Cullen discuss that devastating testimony, and the defense's entry of new video evidence - which called into question the meaning behind a...

Duration: 00:13:17


Day 20: Penalty Phase Of Tsarnaev Trial Begins

4/21/2015
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At the start of the second phase in the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the prosecution began to make the case that he deserves the death penalty. In Day 20, Boeri and Cullen discuss the opening statements, the powerful victim testimony, and the effect of some victims publicly calling for life in prison over death might have on the case.

Duration: 00:13:11


Day 19: Tsarnaev Found Guilty On All Counts

4/8/2015
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It comes as no surprise that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. After 11 hours of deliberations over two days, the jurors found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts against him, and many more sub-counts. Boeri and Cullen react to the verdict and look ahead to what's coming: the decision on whether Tsarnaev should be punished by death.

Duration: 00:10:19


Day 18: A Look At The Tsarnaev Jury

4/7/2015
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Twelve jurors, selected from a pool of more than 1,300, were sequestered in a room today to review the 30 charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In Day 18, the first full day of deliberations in the guilt phase, Boeri and Cullen discuss who the jurors are, and how their life experiences and perspectives might affect Tsarnaev's fate in this death penalty trial.

Duration: 00:12:21


Day 17: Tsarnaev’s Guilt Now In Jurors’ Hands

4/6/2015
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The guilt of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is now in the hands of a jury. After 16 days of testimony, 95 witnesses and piles of evidence, the twelve jurors will now deliberate on the 30 charges against him in this federal death penalty trial. Today, on Day 17, Boeri and Cullen discuss the closing statements by the prosecution and the defense. The government closed with a highlight reel of graphic images from the bombing. And the defense closed by acting as if they were...

Duration: 00:10:17


Day 16: Tsarnaev’s Defense Team Rests

3/31/2015
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After fifteen days of testimony from witnesses for the prosecution, attorneys for admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began to present their case yesterday afternoon. A day and two hours later, the defense rests, having called just four witnesses to the stand. Boeri and Cullen discuss Day 16 and the defense's limited focus in this phase of the trial - on portraying Dzhokhar as following the lead of his older brother Tamerlan.

Duration: 00:12:06


Day 14: How The Marathon Bombs Were Built

3/26/2015
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The enduring images from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing are of mass carnage - of innocent people with their limbs blown off by two pressure-cooker bombs placed near the finish line. Boeri and Cullen discuss Day 14 in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, when the prosecution demonstrated that those bombs were intended to cause maximum death and destruction.

Duration: 00:11:17


Day 13: Tsarnaev’s Texts And Other Digital Data

3/25/2015
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Every time you send a text message, swipe a credit card, use a GPS system or go into a public building, you leave a digital record of your activities. And if you're 19 years old, those records are likely to be extensive. Boeri and Cullen review the data dump the prosecution unloaded on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased older brother, Tamerlan, in Day 13 of the trial.

Duration: 00:12:21


Day 12: The Evidence Piles Up Against Tsarnaev

3/24/2015
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Less than a month before the Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev rented two 9mm handguns for target practice at a shooting range in New Hampshire. The weapons were the same caliber as the gun used to kill an MIT police officer three days after the bombings. Boeri and Cullen discuss the evidence that continued to pile up against Dzhokhar in Day 12 of the trial.

Duration: 00:10:46


Day 11: Global Jihad And The Radicalization Of Tsarnaev

3/23/2015
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The prosecution and defense agree - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing at the Boston Marathon, the killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier, and the shootout with police in Watertown. So on Day 11, the prosecution posed this question to its expert witness: what turns a seemingly average teenager from Cambridge into a violent radical, intent on and capable of deadly acts of terrorism? Boeri and Cullen discuss the evidence presented.

Duration: 00:13:06

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