‘They Made Me Do It’ Defense Fizzles in Boston

by Susan Zalkind,  The Daily Beast

The defenses in the two murder trials gripping Boston—one with Aaron Hernandez, the other with now-convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—have a lot in common.

If the jury has any sympathy for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the sole surviving bomber of the 2013 marathon attacks, they didn’t show it this week. After more than a month of testimony and arguments, the 12-person panel took just a day and a half to answer the 99 questions on the verdict sheet and find him guilty of all 30 counts.

The bombs he set off with his brother Tamerlan brutally killed three people, and injured hundreds of others. He’s also been convicted of carjacking and kidnapping, murdering MIT police officer Sean Collier, seriously injuring MBTA officer Richard Donahue, as well as firearm and destruction of property charges.  Read the entire story.

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