Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

Tsarnaev seeks mercy from a city he gave none.

There was no doubt, no hesitation, no hedging.

Jurors found that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plotted to carry out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, that he killed indiscriminately, that he acted on his own beliefs — that there was no nuance in his murder.

And there was no nuance in their sentence. They found him guilty of 30 out of 30 charges, leaving no room for interpretation.

His lawyer, Judy Clarke, had looked for nuance and parsing. She said that even though her client had committed the killings, he had done so under the sway of his brother, Tamerlan, who met his own justice after a shootout with police in Watertown.


Now the younger brother throws himself at the mercy of Boston. The charges make him eligible to die in a city that overwhelmingly opposes the death penalty, even for him.

He had no mercy on the city, and can only pray that it will give mercy to him.

Not because he is in any way not guilty, in the eyes of the jury, or because there was any grey area, any question of right on wrong.

He is guilty now, thirty times over.

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