‘The innocence…is gone’: Accused marathon bomber heads to court
Huffington Post - 03/02/2015
Observers believe it’s unlikely that Tsarnaev, a naturalized American citizen of Chechen descent, could be acquitted. Success for the defense will be measured by whether the jury comes back with a life sentence.
Analysts frequently predict that the defense will try to portray Tamerlan Tsarnaev as a violent and domineering influence on his younger brother.
“Tamerlan is going to be the elephant in the courtroom,” said Northeastern University professor of law Daniel Medwed.