A Ruger handgun killed Sean Collier, and the prosecution asserted Dzhokhar obtained the gun from a good friend. But the friend's story is plagued by vagueness and inconsistencies that throw the whole narrative into question.
It's time to dive into some court testimony. I can think of no better place to start than with Dr. Matthew Levitt. As you may recall from my previous post, Dr. Levitt was an expert witness called by the government to discuss the “jihadi materials” found on the laptop of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. I have a few… Continue reading Further Notes on Dr. Matthew Levitt’s Tsarnaev Trial Testimony: Junk Psychology, Islamophobia, and Bad History, Oh My!
I’ve been thinking a lot about motive lately. When I was in school for creative writing, I was taught all characters need motivation. Without it, they act in wanton and unbelievable fashion, and you will lose your readers because depicted events just won’t feel “real.” That’s the trick to being a good fiction writer: you… Continue reading Junk Psychology and Courtroom Islamophobia: A Breakdown of Motive as Presented in the Tsarnaev Trial
I cannot stress enough how overjoyed I was at the quantity and quality of responses I received to my previous post about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and what I observed at his trial. In addition to great reasoned and academic responses, I received a number of links to articles and videos to topics that bear relevance to… Continue reading Death Penalty Abolition, Accidental Terrorists, and What’s Next
The verdict is in: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will die by lethal injection. At twenty-one, he will become the youngest person on death row, sentenced in a state without the death penalty. Even among those directly affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing, there isn't so much a sense of victory as one of unease. In a city… Continue reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Did Not Get a Fair Trial, and Here’s Why