Two days into Boston Marathon bombing trial, defense already facing challenges
The Christian Science Monitor - 03/05/2015
Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University in Boston, says that he was surprised by O’Toole’s first decision — to restrict the defense team’s ability to make the argument that Tamerlan was primarily responsible for the bombings.
“I will be curious to see the extent to which this decision restricts the [defense] team’s ability to make this argument going forward,” Professor Medwed said in an e-mail to the Monitor. “If the defense is denied the chance to develop this argument [in the guilt phase], then it might greatly affect the defense strategy.”
O’Toole’s decision to not limit survivor testimony during the guilt phase of the trial was less surprising, Medwed said.