Question in Boston bombing trial: For Tsarnaev to testify or not
The New York Times - 03/29/2015
Legal experts said that could be one possible reason to put him on the stand — for sympathy.
“If he were to come across as injured,” Mr. Medwed said, “if they could show that he was a little boy trapped like an animal in this vessel, that could trigger some sympathy.”
But, Mr. Medwed added, any small benefit that the defense might derive from sympathy would probably be outweighed by the risks that come with cross-examination.