The Two-Way
10:32 am
Thu March 5, 2015

At Boston Marathon Bombing Trial, 'Graphic And Grueling' Testimony

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court for a pretrial hearing in Boston on Dec. 18. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 6:32 pm

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET

Jurors in Boston heard more harrowing testimony today in the trial of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber. Survivors, as well as police and first responders, recounted often-disturbing accounts of their suffering.

NPR's Tovia Smith, who was at the trial, called the testimony "excruciatingly graphic and grueling." Here's part of her reporting on today's All Things Considered:

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Word of Mouth
12:04 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Trying A Terrorist: Emotional Closure Might Be Difficult

Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston.
Credit jspad via flickr Creative Commons

With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in custody, the relief many Bostonians felt at his capture turns to anger.  While prosecutors have only begun to build their case against the 19-year old marathon bombing suspect, the public has strong expectations of how Tsarnaev’s trial should proceed and how he should be punished.

Leon Neyfakh writes for the ideas section of the Boston Globe, he spoke to criminologists, legal scholars and academics who warn that the trial will likely fall short of the public’s wish for emotional closure, and justice.

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