Surviving Boston bomber bro Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all charges this week, and now faces the penalty phase of his capital murder trial which could see the 21-year-old self-made Islamic militant executed someday.
Defense attorneys failed to heap any portion of blame for the mass murder on Tsarnaev’s dead coconspirator and older brother, Tamerlan, who the defendant killed himself when he ran over him in a botched getaway.
Jurors delivered their unanimous decision stone-faced, declaring the younger Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 criminal counts brought against him for the Boston Marathon bombings. And now they must finally determine the young man’s fate.
As the jury deliberates on a life or death sentence, members will once more weigh the piles of gruesome evidence and testimony presented; proofs that have already served a significant purpose: to steel their resolve to punish the perpetrator.
But many legal experts warn that convicting a defendant in a death penalty case is often a lot easier for a jury to do than actually ordering them to be executed.
That’s precisely what occurred in the Jodi Arias sentencing phase – twice – and this is what could happen with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, too.
Still, there is a somber and foreboding quality to the air since his guilty verdict was pronounced. As if it's somehow thinner now, and perhaps the last the Boston bomber bro will ever inhale.