The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe raised different concerns about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, which is going to begin soon.
Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of dropping a backpack containing a bomb during the Boston Marathon, two years ago. The bomb killed four people and left many injured.
The challenge for the trial will not be to found out if Tsarnaev is guilty or not but to decide whether he should be executed or not.
“The FBI has already released surveillance footage of him at the scene, and prosecutors allege they have video footage of him dropping a backpack containing a bomb behind Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Dorchester boy who was killed in the attacks,” Milton J. Valencia wrote for the Boston Globe.
This unusual trial also raises last minute concerns such as, should he plead guilty or not guilty or who should be part of the jury.
The Boston Globe chose to focus on the plea, in “Tsarnaev plea now the big question,” whereas the Boston Herald emphasized more on the jury part of the story, in “Bulger jurors to Tsarnaev panel: It’s going to be tough.”
One could read in the Boston Globe today:
“But now, with his lawyers set this week to make their first public declaration in closely watched opening statements, one remaining legal quandary still stands before him: Should he change his plea from not guilty to guilty?
A strange concept, perhaps, considering there is no chance that a guilty plea would prompt prosecutors to lessen the charges he faces. But legal analysts say that continuing to maintain his innocence in the face of seemingly overwhelming evidence against him could actually serve to antagonize jurors — the same jurors who ultimately have the power to sentence him to death.”
The Boston Herald, chose a very interesting angle to its story by drawing a parallel between the jurors who served for the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, a mobster, and Tsarnaev’s trial.
A Bulger juror from Brockton, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there’s only one way for Tsarnaev’s jurors to cope: “Just go through it. That’s what I did,” he said. “I’m glad I had the experience, but at the same time, it was tough. The films, the testimony … I think I’ve moved on. I’m a Christian and that’s my foundation. I know who’s in charge.”