Closing arguments in Robel Phillipos trial
WGBH - 10/22/2014
His defense attorney argued in closing statements that Phillipos’ friends were speaking Russian and he was unsure what they were doing. His attorney also said Phillipos had been smoking marijuana for 14 hours before he was interviewed by FBI agents. The attorney compared them to “wolves, waiting” to interrogate Tsarnaev’s friends.
Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University, says the marijuana defense could sway the jury either way, “On the one hand, the jury could excuse his statements to the FBI based on the idea that it’s quite reasonable that the marijuana might affect his memory and his comprehension of the questioning and his ability to respond. On the other hand, the jury could hold his marijuana use against him.”