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  • Jury selection to begin Monday in Boston Marathon bombing trial

    WBUR - 01/05/2015

    “This case is not about guilt,” says Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed. “In my mind, this case is really about whether or not he’s going to get the death penalty.”

    Medwed says defense attorneys appear to be building a case that Tsarnaev’s life should be spared because he was acting, in a way, under duress — terrified of his older brother and alleged co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

    Medwed says the sentencing phase may be the longer and newsier part of the trial. “We’re going to learn a lot about Dzhokhar’s background, about his beliefs, about his upbringing, about his relationship with his brother,” Medwed says. “We’re going to learn more about Tamerlan than we’ve ever learned before.”

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