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Tsarnaev is on trial for killing 3 and injuring 260 people when he and his brother Tamerlan set off two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013. Jury selection is expected to last nearly a month.
Tsarnaev could face the death penalty, and prosecutors believe they have an airtight case for his conviction.
To view the 74-page indictment, click HERE.
It is hard to believe that Tsarnaev’s trial and the French massacre are just a coincidence. French officials are working tonight to determine if the attack was connected to any terrorist organization or, if like the Tsarvaev brothers, are young radicals acting on their own.
French police have identified the Hebdo massacre gunmen as Cherif and Said Kouachi and have mentioned an 18-year-old driver of the get-a-way car who has reportedly turned himself in. The 18-year-old was not a shooter.
Police are conducting a massive search for the Kouchachi brothers who, while masked and dressed in black paramilitary uniforms, used sophisticated assault rifles to shoot targeted victims during an editorial meeting at the newspaper’s office.
The 12 victims included Stéphane Charbonnie, chief editor and cartoonist, as well as four other cartoonists, an economist who wrote for the newspaper, a psychoanalyst who wrote a column (the only female victim), and two police officers, one of whom was a Muslim. Charlie Hebdo plans to publish next Wednesday with fewer pages but with a much expanded distribution
The Kouachi brothers said “God is Great” and said they were avenging the prophet Mohammed. The Tsarvaev brothers were punishing Americans for their involvement in Mid-East wars killing Muslims.
The prosecution is looking for a jury that will invoke the death penalty against Tsarnaev, and the defense is hoping for at least one juror who will hold out for life without parole.
The baby-faced bomber was captured in a manhunt during which his older brother Tamerlan was killed. Dzhokhar was captured in a boat in a resident’s backyard in nearby Watertown.
Shortly after the bombing Dzhokhar was the subject of a controversial Rolling Stone cover.
The death penalty in France was done away with by law in 1981. The last execution in France was in 1977. A 2013 survey, however, indicated that slightly more than 50 percent of the French favor the return of the death penalty. Some French politicians have proposed that the death penalty be allowed during war and/or for acts of terrorism.
— Caroll Lucas and Howard Elliott