Title image: Jahar, left, and his older brother Tamerlan, when they were younger.
Heather and Tom Frizzell discuss the July 31, 2020 First Circuit Court decision to overturn Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev’s death sentence. In this episode, we talk about the issues the defense won on, as well as the four biggest takeaways from the decision: Judge O’Toole’s failure to properly vet jurors for bias during voir dire, the debate over failure to change venue, new revelations about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s involvement in the 2011 Waltham triple murders, and Tom’s theory that Jahar was denied effective assistance of counsel. We also discuss why it’s important that Jahar never pled guilty, the special defenses of duress and undue influence, Heather’s critique of “radicalization” as a concept, why the taint of inaccurate pretrial publicity is still haunting this case, the First Circuit judges’ own anti-Muslim biases, and more. Continued in Part 2.
Episode music: “The Complex” by Kevin MacLeod