Bombing Jury Begins Deciding Tsarnaev's Fate

A jury began deliberating Wednesday whether to impose the death penalty on convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after hearing closing statements from a prosecutor who called him a "terrorist" and a defense lawyer who said execution would not balance the scales of justice. The arguments began with Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Mellin, who argued that Tsarnaev chose a huge public event held on a holiday marking the Revolutionary War, to make a political statement. Mellin reminded the jury of surveillance video that captured Tsarnaev placing a bomb in a finish line crowd on April 15, 2013, and waiting a couple minutes before signaling to his brother and co-conspirator, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to proceed. Mellin was followed by Tsarnaev's lead defense lawyer, Judy Clarke. She asked the jury not to overlook the death and destruction, but to consider Tsarnaev's entire life.



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