Yes, let’s pour more money into flesh-burning, country-destroying weaponry. Nope.
Today I was fortunate in being able to attend DT’s third status conference, at 10.00 am, at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston. Judge O’ Toole began by addressing the issue of scheduling. For this reason, I will begin this post by listing all of the deadlines and court dates set. (I do…
If we wait until one’s rights have already been violated to observe and investigate their circumstance, we’ve waited too long.
**All court-related dates are subject to change.**
March 10 - Pre-trial conference on discovery for Dias, Robel and Azamat.
April 15 - First anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Week of May 13th - Motion hearings for Dias, Robel and…
The day you sign off on the killing of an American citizen prior to their right to the full judicial process, regardless of what they’re accused of or where they reside, is the day you kiss your rights goodbye. Thoughts?
In their hearts, many New Englanders would dearly love for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to pay the ultimate price for his alleged crime. Yet applying the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing case, as the Justice Department has said it will do, is a mistake.
These pages have historically opposed the death penalty on moral grounds, but also because of the possibility, no matter how slim, that an innocent person might be executed. Ironically, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, who made the decision, is himself personally opposed to the death penalty.
Nevertheless, Mr. Holder noted that the monstrousness of the attack in Boston last spring called for invoking it against Mr. Tsarnaev. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 20, and his older brother, Tamerlan, are accused of setting off two bombs at the crowded finish line of the iconic race. The bombs killed three people, including 8-year-old Martin Richard, and injured 260 others. Of those, 16 had legs amputated. Many more struggle with an array of ongoing ills, from hearing loss and burn wounds to post-traumatic stress.
The Tsarnaev brothers are also accused of killing a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology not long after the bombings. A frantic search for the pair ended in Tamerlan’s death, and shut down the city for the better part of a day. Months later, some New Englanders still feel uneasy in large public gatherings; many, certainly, will think twice about attending this year’s marathon.
The evidence against the two men is substantial. Even so, if he is found guilty, life in prison would be a more appropriate fate for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. His lawyers may well plea-bargain for such an outcome, in exchange for getting the death penalty dropped.
That would deprive some people of the catharsis they hope for in seeing the younger Tsarnaev put on trial. Others, though, would prefer not having to re-live last April’s events. In any case, a death sentence could easily make the young man a martyr, and inspire new attacks in the name of avenging slain Muslims. For many people around the world, it would also damage the U.S. image.
Like Rhode Island, Massachusetts has no death penalty. But Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces U.S. terrorism-related charges; the death penalty was reinstated as an option against federal crimes in 1988. Since then, it has resulted in only three executions, including that of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, in 2001.
Costly, drawn-out appeals and botched executions have only added to the public’s reservations about the death penalty. More and more Americans seem to realize it would be best to let capital punishment expire. Let’s bring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to justice by other means.
The death penalty is not something that can be tossed in and out of justice when a superior deams it appropriate.
For Jahar’s next hearing which is on February 12, everyone should wear green to show their support, which has been chosen as the official color of the movement. I think it would make a powerful statement if supporters all over the world would all wear green on this day. If…
We don’t not align with, nor have we ever, recommended that people pursue “free Jahar” as a means for demanding justice. We believe, and stand behind, justice that is served in a courtroom by an unbiased jury of peers.
Q:if wearethelion starts to reappear near the one year anniversary, and starts posting again regularly, i'm going to call so much bullshit.
i think about wearethelion a lot*. where did they go? who were they? why did they stop caring shortly after being called out for asking for money? have they moved on to another cause to save the world by telling people to change their facebook/twitter/tumblr pictures? why didn’t they love me back? was it something i said?
*and by a lot, i mean never.
We’re here. Mostly participating in, and learning from, related discussions privately. Sometimes staying quiet, and listening, is key to hearing from and learning from other points of view.
We’re still here.
Many of the anonymous supporters have left, the rest of us are observing and participating privately.
How can we help?