Appealcast – First Circuit Decision Extravaganza, Pt. 1

Heather and Tom Frizzell discuss the July 31, 2020 First Circuit Court decision to overturn Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev's death sentence. We talk about the issues the defense won on, as well as the four biggest takeaways from the decision.

The Unusual Suspects, Part 2: Viskhan Vakhabov, the Phone Man

A phone call to Tamerlan Tsarnaev's friend two hours before the murder of Sean Collier changed everything I knew about the Boston Marathon bombing. So why did the government protect him?

Appealcast – Updates in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Appeal

Heather and Tom dive into developments in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's appeal. In a July 2018 filing by appellate counsel, his lawyers have forecasted some of the many arguments they intend to make on appeal, which may be filed this November. We discuss venue changes; negative pre-trial publicity at the hands of a recently suspended Boston Globe journalist, Kevin Cullen; death-qualified juries; forced confessions; the discovery that prosecutors used secret ex parte filings to suppress information about Tamerlan Tsarnaev's potential involvement in a 2011 triple murder, and more. 

Marathon #6: A Crash Course on Chechnya

In the final installment of our historical series, Eric Bowsfield joins Heather to talk about the history and evolution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s home country, Chechnya.