Compiled by Robert A. Waters
The first phase of the horror trial has wrapped up and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 counts, including 17 that could result in execution. As the death penalty phase proceeds, here are some memorable quotes from the trial.
“We don’t deny that Jahar [Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Americanized name] fully participated in the events, but if not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened.” Judy Clarke, lead defense attorney.
“That day, they felt they were soldiers. They were the mujahedeen, and they were bringing their battle to Boston.” Aloke Chakravarty, United States prosecutor.
“Tamerlan built the bombs, Tamerlan murdered officer Collier, Tamerlan led and Dzhokhar followed.” Judy Clarke.
“The defendant brought terrorism into the backyards and main streets. The defendant thought that his values were more important than the people around him.” Aloke Chakravarty.
“[Dzhokhar Tsarnaev] chose a day when there would be civilians on the sidewalks, and he targeted those civilians: men, women and children.” Aloke Chakravarty.
“I guess we were just unlucky that day.” Bill Richard, father of eight-year-old Martin Richard.
“There should be no doubt in your mind that the defendant and his brother are equally guilty.” William Weinreb.
“Tamerlan Tsarnaev didn't turn his brother into a murderer. To shred the bodies of women and children with a homemade type of bomb, you have to be different from other people. If you are capable of such hate, such callousness that you can murder and maim twenty people and then drive to Whole Foods and buy some milk, can you really blame it on your brother?” William Weinreb.
“The judgment is entirely yours.” U.S. District Judge George O’Toole’s instructions to the jurors.