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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tsarnaev Defiant as feds argue for death penalty
By Bob Fredericks The unrepentant bastard has pure contempt for America.Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev flipped the bird to a jailhouse security camera in a damning video played for jurors yesterday in the death penalty phase of his terror trial.
Prosectors say the image clearly shows the 21-year-old is a remorseless killer who deserves to die for the 2013 attack, in which he and his late brother, Tamerlan, killed three people and maimed 260 others at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line before blowing away a campus cop.
“This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini told jurors after showing them the image. “Unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged.”
The federal prosecutors on Tuesday introduced only a single frame grab from the surveillance tape, showing Tsarnaev giving the middle finger to a camera in his holding cell on July 10, 2013 at US Federal District Court in Boston.
“He’s simply callous and indifferent to human life,” she emphasized to the jurors, who will decide whether the bomber is put to death or spends the rest of his life behind bars.
“It’s his character that makes the death penalty appropriate and just.”
The display of disdain by the now-convicted terrorist was so powerful, his defense went to desperate lengths Wednesday to dampen its effects, asking that the entire video be played.
An artist’s rendition of the scene inside the Massachusetts courthouse during the first day of the sentencing portion of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial.Photo: EPA
His lawyers argued that he was just a bored teenager fooling around in a cell when he flipped the bird, and they hoped that playing the entire clip would put his actions into that context.
In the video, Tsarnaev paces the cell nonchalantly for some 15 minute before turning to the camera.
He first stares into its reflective lens, using it to primp his tousled hair.
He then climbs on a metal bench and flashes a “V” sign — which is itself an offensive “f–k you” symbol in many parts of the world. He then arrogantly raises his right middle finger.
Jurors will consider the video as they weigh whether Tsarnaev should be executed for helping his older brother, Tamerlan — a fellow Islamic extremist — set off the powerful pressure-cooker bombs.
It was shown after relatives of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier — shot dead by the brothers three days affer the bomb attack as they tried to elude authorties — brought jurors to tears while sharing the pain his murder inflicted on their family, the Boston Herald reported.
“Sometimes, it still feels like a dream,” said Joe Rogers, Collier’s stepfather.
“It’s been a terrible two years. I just feel beaten down.”
Rogers said the killing left Collier’s mother, Kelly, with posttraumatic stress disorder. She could not even get out of bed for months, he testified.
Prosecutors want to emphasize the brutality of the crimes, and have called a long list of other victims and their families to describe the heartbreaking aftermath.
Tsarnaev’s bomb victims were Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Martin Richard, 8.
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