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Boston Marathon Bombings Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Launches appeal

17 Aug, 2015

Attorneys for Tsarnaev appeal his conviction and death sentence, arguing that “continuous and unrelenting publicity”, including social media posts about the bombings, the defendant and his family, and survivor stories prevented him from getting an impartial hearing. It notes that Boston announced a new holiday marking the bombings while jurors were deliberating Tsarnaev’s guilt.

Put simply, prejudicial media coverage, events, and environment saturated greater Boston, including the social networks of actual trial jurors, and made it an improper venue for the trial of this case.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers also argue that the death penalty sentence constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.