BOSTON, Mass. – The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar “The Joker” Tsarnaev has finally started in Boston with the real courtroom drama centered on whether he lives or dies.
His lawyers failed to reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors, a deal that would have let the joker die of old age in a federal prison if the jury finds him guilty of the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013.
The blasts killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Right now, he’s looking at 30 federal charges including detonating a weapon of mass destruction. In other words, setting off the bomb.
The Joker’s brother, Tamerlan, died during the manhunt that followed the bombings.
Police say the brothers shot and killed a police officer just before the shootout that killed Tamerlan and wounded The Joker.
When testimony begins, maybe a month from now, prosecutors will try to show Tsarnaev as a determined, indiscriminate killer, while his lawyers will want jurors to believe The Joker was an impressionable teen influenced by his dominant, radicalized, older brother.
There’s a growing number of groupies who believe the government is railroading The Joker.
Some of them even say they love him.
They’ve been showing up on social media, and even at the courthouse, but Tsarnaev’s lawyers want them to stay away, saying they could prejudice potential jurors by saying the survivors are lying about their injuries.
Making victims out of victims is not a great defense strategy, especially when your client’s life is on the line.