At core of Boston Marathon bombing trial, brothers’ complex relationship
The Christian Science Monitor - 03/03/2015
Legal analysts say that the “blood is thicker than water” argument is a crucial component of Mr. Tsarnaev’s defense. It’s likely to become even more important if he is convicted, leaving the jury to decide whether to sentence him to death.
“Part of the defense strategy is to humanize him,” says Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston. “If his lawyers can succeed in humanizing him, then maybe they can succeed in getting the jury to spare his life.”