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  • Anti-death penalty activists last minute scramble to keep Tsarnaev alive

    WGBH - 05/12/2015

    The jury in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial begins deliberating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ‘s fate the the next day or two.

    Meanwhile, anti-death penalty activists are using petitions to the court, demonstrations, calls to the Cardinal and a nun named Helen Prejean to try to sway juror’s views.

    Testimony in the penalty phase ended Monday in dramatic fashion when Prejean, made famous by the movie “Dead Man Walking” said that the defendant, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, expressed regret for his crimes.

    Prosecutors had filed a motion to prevent Prejean from testifying.   Judge George O’Toole allowed her testimony to proceed, but limited it to her specific interactions with the defendant.  And If prosecutors were concerned that Prejean’s testimony might prove effective than their fears seemed prescient, according to some legal observers like Daniel Medwed of Northeastern University Law School.

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