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  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cries, blows kiss as relatives take witness stand

    Huffington Post - 05/04/2015

    The jury will soon decide a sentence for Tsarnaev: execution or life in solitary confinement without parole. His family members were considered to be key witnesses with a vital role in persuading the jury to be merciful, according to experts.

    “The only way to save his life is to humanize him, to show he’s really made from flesh and bones. It sounds like it was very effective,” said Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed.

    His emotional showing Monday might backfire, though, if the jury compares it to his reserved expressions during the earlier testimony of bombing survivors and the family members of victims, Medwed said.

    “It might bring into stark relief how impassive he was [while] hearing the stories of the victims,” he said. “[The jury] could say, ‘Look, he doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his family.'”

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