Why delay in Boston Marathon bombing trial may be blow for prosecution
The Christian Science Monitor - 04/14/2015
While the trial will resume less than 24 hours after the start of the marathon next week, the two-week delay will likely sap some of the emotion from the trial – at least at first, says Daniel Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University.
“I think the delay could help neutralize much of the emotional impact from the trial,” he says. “That said, those emotions may likely resurface during the sentencing phase.”
The guilty verdict from the jury came “relatively quickly,” considering the complex nature of the 30 charges, says Professor Medwed. Jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days.
“That shows they were swayed pretty well by prosecution’s case,” says Medwed.