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Jahar Tsarnaev Wants A New Trial

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This could be good news for Jann Wenner.

Scott Malone, Reuters:

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Tuesday to hold a new trial for their client, citing a Supreme Court decision that a U.S. law stiffening sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a gun was overly broad…

Defense attorneys on Tuesday argued that Tsarnaev’s conviction and sentence were tainted by the law, which affected half of the 30 criminal counts he faced…

“It’s really impossible to unpack what weight that (ruling) might have had on the jury’s deliberations, in their weighing of aggravating and mitigating factors,” defense attorney William Fick said. “It requires a redo of the entire sentencing proceeding.”

So… Tsarnaev wouldn’t have gotten the death penalty for blowing up all those people if he hadn’t been carrying a gun while he did it? I know these guys are lawyers and they’re just trying to keep their client alive, but that seems like a stretch. Maybe it’ll work, though. After all, it’s Massachusetts.

It’s a good thing I’m not the judge, because I’d tell them that Tsarnaev can get a new trial when this little boy is no longer dead:

Boston Marathon Child Victim.JPEG

Tsarnaev can get a new trial when the other people he killed are no longer dead. And when the hundreds of other people he injured are all made whole. Then, and only then, he can get a new trial. If I were the judge.

But hey, where would be the justice in that?