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'He Wanted To Punish America:' Jury Hears Closing Statements In Tsarnaev Trial
May 20, 2015
The defense and prosecution teams in the Boston Marathon bombing trial made their closing statements on Monday to a courtroom filled with survivors and family members of attack victims.
The jury will begin deliberations on Tuesday to determine the fate of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who faces 30 charges, including 17 that could carry a death sentence.
"The defendant brought terrorism into the backyards and the main streets," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aloke Chakravarty, according to CNN. He chose "a day when the eyes of the world would be on Boston. He chose a day when there would be civilians on the sidewalks and he targeted those civilians: men, women and children."
Chakravarty continued, "He wanted to terrorize this country. He wanted to punish America for what it was doing to his people."
Defense attorney Judy Clarke emphasized during her closing statement that while there is no question Tsarnaev helped carry out the 2013 attacks, he was at the time a naive teenager acting under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan.
According to Buzzfeed News, the government called 92 witnesses over the course of 15 days before resting its case on March 30.
Tsarnaev's attorneys called four witnesses during two days and rested their case on March 31.