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Alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted not on the basis of any evidence but by a jury intimidated by Tsarnaev’s prior conviction in the media by statements made by authorities precisely for the purpose of preventing a trial based on evidence. The jurors knew that the failure to convict would make them pariahs among their brainwashed families, friends, and communities. In former times when the US had the rule of law, the irresponsible statements by public officials repeated endlessly in the media would have likely resulted in the court dismissing the case on the grounds that public authorities had made a fair trial impossible.

Tsarnaev’s attorney knew that evidence would play no role in the case and focused on trying to save Dzhokhar from a death sentence by blaming the older brother who was killed by police. Perhaps Dzhokhar’s attorney remembered what happened to attorney Lynne Stewart who was sentenced to prison for representing a client for whom the government only wanted a pro forma representation.

West Point graduate and former US Army officer Joachim Hagopian describes the orchestration and avoidance of evidence that delivered the mandatory conviction:

A fair trial is among the many victims murdered by Washington in the 21st century.

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• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Boston Marathon Bombing, Terrorism 
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  1. Michelle says:

    Apples and oranges! As my dearly departed mother used to say, 2 wrongs don’t make a right! The US government is engaged in immoral, by Judeo-Christian standards only, practices all over the world. Most other religions/cultures don’t care about the finer points of not murdering your fellow men, women and children, which may make us hypocrites, but just because we do care, yet engage in such practices anyway, but it doesn’t make us any better or worse than any other culture on earth. Throughout history, perpetrating atrocities on those from other tribes has been considered perfectly acceptable, even heroic. Dzhokhar and Tamerlane understood this, even if you do not. Dzhokhar and Tamerlane violated the norms of the culture they were living in. That is all that matters. Dzhokhar survived, is a devout Muslim and should welcome his chance to leave a country and culture he despises, become a martyr, meet Allah, be reunited with his beloved brother, get away from his insane harpy of a mother and collect his 72 virgin raisins. The jury was not bothered by any of the considerations you are obsessed with and instead weighed exactly the evidence they were presented with, which pointed to Dzhokhar’s overwhelming guilt and responsibility for the crimes of murder and mayhem.

    • Replies: @ted
  2. ted says:

    You’ve missed Dr. Roberts’ point so completely that you that you’re actually helping him make it.

    Assuming you didn’t watch the entire trial, you don’t know everything the jury heard. You’ve decided the Tsarnaev brothers are guilty based on the media coverage. Roberts isn’t arguing guilt or innocence. He’s saying that the media coverage left the jury, and the general public, so thoroughly biased that a fair trial was impossible. Your comment proves that you agree with him, whether you understand it or not.

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  3. @ted

    I associate myself with your comments.

    A “fair trial” is one in which the defense is allowed every right and privilege to which it’s entitled. And, of course, prosecutorial and/or police misconduct must be punished (but often isn’t).

  4. The defendant could hardly claim he wasn’t there and caught dead to rights in involvement in the deaths and injuries. If they believed him completely uninvolved, somewhere else, the jury could have acquitted him. It may well be that the trial lacked certain procedures, but is there not overwhelming guilt?

    After involvement in such a crime, how could the defendant possibly be acquitted, especially on some legal technicality? (It is possible, of course, that there are those who found it in their interest to allow attacks in order to protect their income streams by cowing the public through the terror. That has happened many times in the course of history. Or that completely uninvolved, they nevertheless found events useful for support of their policies.)

    But Mr. Roberts makes such outlandish and over the top claims, in such a way that all the legitimate other things he says are neutralized by association. Such as the reality that evil ensues in the form of blowback for policies that create mayhem in other nations. Perhaps that is the reason?

  5. Also, using the concept of “show trial” as practiced in the Stalin era, where it was used to prosecute and convict entirely innocent people, makes it seem that the idea is being floated that the defendant should have been acquitted and was also entirely innocent, say, like a Solzhenitsyn. Is that a sustainable postulate? These particular people, warned about as they were by Russian security, are not peaceful dissident writers persecuted for their opinions. It is worth pursuing, however, an investigation as to why the warnings were not followed up on.

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