The Tsarnaev Verdict? Irrelevant

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Everything is proceeding according to the defense’s plan.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on each of the 30 counts he was charged with in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing and the attempts he and his brother Tamerlan made to escape the law enforcement manhunt in the days that followed.

As excited as most of the population of Boston, the Northeast…and much of the world have been about this verdict, many are failing to realize that it was pretty much pre-ordained.

The defense only cares about the penalty phase of the trial. They admitted to Dzhokhar’s guilt from the outset. In fact, the only reason they didn’t plead guilty at the start of the process is that the trial gave them the ability to plant a few seeds that they hope will bear fruit in the penalty phase of the trial.

The defense team’s only goal is to avoid the death penalty. In order to do that, they want to paint Dzhokhar as the subordinate brother of the dominant and violent (and deceased) Tamerlin.

This is not to say that the prosecution and the FBI didn’t do their jobs. It was a slam-dunk case and the defense knew it. They just have everything primed for the penalty phase, because they didn’t care about determining Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s guilt or innocence, but whether he ends up with a needle in his arm.

Getting the death penalty, in a state which has abolished it, is going to prove a bit more of a challenge for the prosecution.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Terrorism Correspondent

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