Boston Bombing Trial

On April 15, 2013, two bombs that were hidden in backpacks went off at the Boston Marathon.  Three people were killed and more than 264 people were injured.

Now, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on trial.  He was convicted and found guilty of multiple counts of murder and various other charges.  The jury is still deciding about whether or not he will get the death penalty or have life in prison.  There is an argument for both sides, and each side has a point.  Some people want him to spend life in prison while others think that he should get the death penalty because if he goes to jail the public pays for him to stay there, while others believe that the death penalty would be too harsh, and or too easy, meaning that they think he should pay for his crimes over a long period of time.  So each side has an argument.  Tsarnaev’s lawyer is arguing that Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was influencing him. Five relatives of Tsarnaev came to the United States from Russia so that they could testify in his favor on May 4th. One relative was sent back to Russia after refusing to obey security measures.  This relative remains unidentified. The jury has not yet reached its verdict.

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