Yesterday, judges on the First Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev's appellate team about why he did not receive a fair trial in Boston. Eric Bowsfield and I attended the hearing, and here are our biggest takeaways.
On February 17th, Dzhokhar's lawyers filed a motion requesting that appellate counsel be appointed to handle the case going forward. This is big news. While I am at work on my next post, I thought it was worth sharing the impressions of the document written by our contributing death penalty scholar, Margo Schulter. To follow… Continue reading A Scholar’s Impression of the Tsarnaev Motion to Appoint Counsel on Appeal
Hello and happy 2016! I apologize that I'm not coming to you with a new post of case analysis, but there's been some developments in both the case and the blog, so I wanted to address those fairly quickly before moving on. Rest assured I have been hard at work on the research and planning,… Continue reading Appeal Update, Site Changes and What’s Next on the Blog
As we near the end of 2015, I must reflect on what a tumultuous year it's been. At this time last year, I saw Dzhokhar's trial approaching like a tidal wave coming from a long way off. A year ago, I still believed in the inherent success of the U.S. justice system. I thought… Continue reading What’s In an Appeal? The Process in the Tsarnaev Case So Far