The verdict against Tsarnaev, who'll turn 22 in July, was announced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr.'s courtroom clerk Paul Lyness. Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read.I am surprised because it is amazing to me that in uber-liberal Boston they managed to get a 12-person jury where not a single juror was opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances. I'm not complaining, just surprised.
Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost a third of her left leg in the bombing, told the Herald she's "happy with the verdict."
"My heart goes out to everyone in the survivor community and to the victims' families," she added. "It's still a lot to process right now."
Only three of the 12 jurors bought into the defense argument that Tsarnaev was influenced by his older brother Tamerlan. The jurors unanimously agreed that Tsarnaev showed no remorse for the marathon attack and its aftermath that killed four young people, maimed 17 and injured hundreds.
The jurors unanimously voted to put him to death for the week of terror.
This doesn't make up for the losses suffered by the hundreds of victims of Tsarnaev and his brother, Dickbreath -- Dickbreath (not his real name) was killed in a shootout with police about a week after the bombing after killing an MIT police officer a few days before -- including the three people who died in the bombing and the MIT police officer, Sean Collier, who was killed trying to apprehend the duo. But it beats the shit out of nothing.
The best part, of course, is these were federal charges, in federal court. The federal government isn't good for much, but they tend to carry out the sentence in those few federal crimes that are punishable by death. Massachusetts doesn't even have a death penalty, so state court would have let this fuckhead keep breathing for 60 or 70 years at taxpayer expense.
I only see two downsides to this verdict. First, Dzhokhar -- pronounced "Joker," apparently -- knows it will take a decade or so to work through the appeals and finally carry out the sentence. A lot can happen in that time, so he'll be enjoying three hots and a cot for a while with all expenses paid by us. The other downer is that we don't handle the death penalty the way the Japanese do. There, you never know when your execution date is. They don't have the same kind of appeal system we do, where you can appeal multiple times. Once the high court decides there is no problem with your conviction, you go on death row. Officials can show up literally any fucking day, without notice, and say "Dude, time to go," and execute your worthless ass. Apparently, it is really a mind-fucking experience, because there seems to be no pattern. Some folks wait a long time to get toasted, others go quickly. All of them worry about it constantly.
I kind of like that. They should suffer.