Things to know about the Boston Marathon bombing trial

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Boston Marathon bombing trial.

FILE – This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Every day the Dorchester-bred UFC fighter thinks about the moment he came face-to-face with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in an Allston gym and did what countless people in the Hub would have wanted to do — knock him out cold. “I’m very proud of that day.A woman who broke down in tears recalling a brief encounter with Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed at the Boston Marathon finish line, was among 14 people questioned yesterday as a federal judge tries to seat a jury in the trial of accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. “I live in Dorchester,” she said. “I don’t know the Richard family personally but I did a (neighborhood) cleanup day and I met Martin, and I pass by the memorial.” Tsarnaev is charged in the 2013 attacks that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

When Tamerlan Tsarnaev “got a little arrogant” with UFC fighter John “Doomsday” Howard, the Dorchester brawler said he busted the Chechen’s nose. “We started sparring and it got live. With testimony expected to start later this month, the Justice Department has given no indication it is open to any proposal from the defense to spare Tsarnaev’s life, pushing instead toward a trial that could result in a death sentence for the 21-year-old defendant. The prospective juror, a middle-aged woman, spoke Friday with assurance as she described her service in the Peace Corps and her work managing an education nonprofit group in Boston.

Personal connections to the bombings colored the jury selection process, with one man saying he knew a Boston police officer who was a first responder and was featured on the cover of Time magazine. “I’m not sure if I have the personal constitution to contribute to someone else’s death,” he said. “I’m willing to hear evidence from both sides.” Despite his own personal reservations about the death penalty, Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is committed to seeking that punishment for Tsarnaev. Prosecutors have cited factors including a “lack of remorse,” the evident premeditation involved in the attack and allegations that Tsarnaev also killed an MIT police officer after the bombing that left an 8-year-old boy dead. There has been no indication the government has wavered in that decision, even though one of Tsarnaev’s lawyers, Judy Clarke, has gotten prosecutors to spare the lives of multiple high-profile killers, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and Jared Loughner, who killed six people and wounded former U.S. I broke his nose so hard.” Howard said his two young daughters, now 11 and 12 years old, were at the finish line of the marathon when the bombs went off “about a block away.” His girls, at the race with their mom, called him, crying.

O’Toole Jr.’s questioning of the varied situations presented by prospective jurors: Some have said it would be hard, if not impossible, to be impartial because they had already decided that Mr. He’s blamed, along with his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, of murdering four people and injuring 260, including about 16 who lost limbs. “I have a little bit more emotional ties to it,” he said. “When you come into Wai Kru as a student, anybody that comes into Wai Kru, I have a friendly open hand.

You’re involved in family.” “When he got face-to-face with a real man and had an opportunity to put his dukes up and have some kind of honor, he got handled properly,” Howard said. “I’m just a guy who, you know, took this somebody that did me wrong, I mean he did others wrong, too, but he got handled.” “He should be punished to the fullest extent the law,” he said. “If he’s a threat to our nation, he should be punished to that extent. Gerald Zerkin, a Virginia defense lawyer who represented Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, who is now serving a life sentence, said there are obvious benefits for the government to accept a plea in death penalty cases, including to reduce the uncertainty of a trial and to spare victims and their loved ones from reliving the horrific facts of a case. “You can get a resolution that is life without parole, and you could do it for a lot less money, a lot less time, a lot fewer resources” and without “re-traumatizing victims,” Zerkin said.

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