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Dershowitz: Boston Bomber Will Become Martyr with Death Penalty.


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By Todd Beamon

The Justice Department is giving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “what he wants” by seeking the death penalty for last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Thursday.

“It will make him more famous,” the former Harvard law professor said in an exclusive interview. “It’ll attract more attention.

“It’ll give him an opportunity to make his jihad statements. It will focus a lot of attention on whether he lives or dies. This is going to give him what he wants.

“After all, why did he commit this crime?” Derschowitz asked. “He had nothing against the people he killed. What he wanted to do was make a statement — and now, he’s being given an opportunity to make that statement in an extreme context.”

The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev who is accused of setting the bombs that killed three and injured more than 260 at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He is also charged with killing police officer Sean Collier.

Tsarnaev, 20, is charged with planting two pressure-cooker bombs at the site with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was later killed in a shootout with police. They are ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the Boston area for about a decade.

Seventeen of 30 charges against Tsarnaev carry the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. He has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.

Attorney General Eric Holder made the final decision. The bombings were one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the U.S. since 9/11.

Dershowitz told Newsmax that he was not surprised at Justice’s decision.

“If there is ever a case, if there ever was a crime that calls for the death penalty, this is it: Premeditated. Massive numbers of intended victims. Three deaths — many, many injuries. No remorse. Open-and-shut factual case on the evidence.

“On the other hand,” Dershowitz reasoned, “he is young and may have been influenced by his brother — but those mitigating factors don’t even compare to the aggravating factors.

“I would still think the better course would’ve been to let him rot in jail and die 50 years from now an obscure prisoner rather give him the attention he’s going to get as somebody facing the death penalty,” he said.

Tsarnaev’s case now will attract the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union and organizations that oppose the death penalty, Dershowitz predicted.

“He’s going to be a martyr to some people who agree with him. I think we’re giving him what he wants here.

“I think he wants the death penalty,” he continued. “He was prepared to die in a shootout. He was prepared to probably die when he planted the bomb — and he’s probably willing to die now as a martyr.

“I don’t think we, as a society, gain much by putting him on trial for his life.”

But Dershowitz commended Justice for not rushing to judgment in its decision.

“I suspect that there was quite a bit of debate within the Justice Department. There are probably a lot of people in this Justice Department who don’t support the death penalty — and there are probably some who do.

“It’s a credit to the Justice Department that they gave it the kind of thoughtful consideration, even though I think they came to the wrong decision.”

There have only been three federal executions in the past 50 years. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and triple murderer Juan Raul Garza were put to death within eight days of each other in June 2001, while Louis Jones who raped and murdered a soldier was executed in March 2003.

And getting a jury to sentence Tsarnaev to death is not assured — particularly in Massachusetts, which abolished the death penalty in 1984. The sentence can still be applied in federal cases tried in the state.

A Boston Globe survey found last year that 57 percent of the city’s residents favored life in prison for Tsarnaev, if he is convicted, with 33 percent supporting execution.

“We don’t know what the public really wants,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “We know the public, generally in Massachusetts, is against the death penalty — but many of the people who are against the death penalty would probably favor it in this case. Once they hear all the evidence, they may favor it.

“But remember,” the law professor cautioned, “all you need is one juror saying ‘no’ and holding out — you can’t impose the death penalty unless there’s unanimity. It’s certainly possible that they won’t get the death penalty.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Italian Court Again Convicts Amanda Knox for Murder.


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An Italian court on Thursday convicted American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for a second time for the murder of a British student in Perugia in 2007.

The court sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison and Sollecito to 25 years.

Knox was following proceedings in the Florence courtroom from her hometown of Seattle where she returned after a previous acquittal. In a statement, she said, “I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”

Lawyers said Sollecito, who was in court earlier Thursday for a morning hearing, was not present for the verdict as is his right under Italian law. Italian news agency ANSA said he may have left Florence.

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Exchange student Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house she shared with Knox on Nov. 2, 2007 in the university town of Perugia in central Italy.

Explaining her decision not to return to Italy, Knox, 26, told the New York Times: “I would be putting myself in the hands of people who very clearly want me in prison for something that I didn’t do.”

Knox, who is finishing a degree in creative writing at the University of Washington, added: “I never thought that I would be convicted and then look what happened.”

Kercher’s family were also in Italy for the ruling.”The anxiety builds as we get nearer the time. It’s really hard to say what we expect the verdict to be,” her brother Lyle, 34, said before the verdict. “We are not going to get closure today, so there won’t be any celebration on our part, but it’s hopefully a step towards reaching a conclusion,” he said.

“To lose someone you love so dearly is hard enough, especially in the way she died, but that has been compounded by the fact that it has gone on for six years and three months.”

Knox, Sollecito and a third person, drug dealer Rudy Guede, were initially convicted for the crime, which prosecutors said was the result of a sex game turned violent due to tensions between Kercher and Knox.

Guede is now the only one of the three still in prison after exhausting his appeals but investigators say that multiple stab wounds on the body from two different knives indicate he could not have acted alone.

Knox and Sollecito have always protested their innocence and Guede has changed his story several times but maintains he did not commit the murder although he was in the house when it happened.

Prosecutors have asked for Knox to be given a 30-year sentence and Sollecito 26 years, saying the punishment should be harsher for her because she initially accused someone else of the crime, bar owner Patrick Lumumba.

Knox says the accusation of Lumumba, as well as her since retracted memory of hearing Kercher’s screams, were due to intimidating police interrogation tactics.

Knox now says she was at Sollecito’s house that night.

The two served four years for the murder and were acquitted in 2011 but the supreme court overturned that ruling in 2013, sending the case back for re-trial.

Thursday’s verdict might still not be the final word in the long-running case since both the prosecution and the defense have the right to appeal again.

Knox explained her absence in an email to the court in which she told jurors: “I am not a monster.”

Experts doubt that Knox could ever be extradited to Italy, but she may not be able to travel freely outside the United States if Italy issues an international warrant for her arrest.

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US to Seek Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bomber.


Accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death if he is found guilty of planting bombs that killed three people and wounded 264 at the Boston Marathon last year, the U.S. government’s chief prosecutor said on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that he was authorizing trial prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev, who is charged with committing one of the largest attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said. Holder had faced a Friday deadline for deciding whether to seek the death penalty as part of Tsarnaev’s upcoming trial in Boston.

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The decision drew fire from the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which pointed out the case would be prosecuted in a state that had scrapped the death penalty decades ago.

“I wish Federal officials would have respected the clear wishes of the people of Massachusetts, who were on the front lines in this tragic event,” Carol Rose, the executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said.

A Boston Globe survey found last year that 57 percent of Boston residents favored life in prison for Tsarnaev, if he is convicted, with 33 percent in favor of execution.

Prosecutors say that Tsarnaev, 20, and his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan planted a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, killing three people – including an 8-year-old boy. The blast also wounded 264 others, many of whom lost limbs.

Three nights later, the pair killed a university police officer and later engaged in a shootout with police that left Tamerlan dead, prosecutors say.

Austin Sarat, Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts, said the nature of the case probably left the Justice Department little choice but to seek capital prosecution.

“If the harm is unusual, if the harm is dramatic, gruesome, and devastating, it is often very hard for any other factor to outweigh it,” he said. “I’m not surprised by this decision.”

The younger Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges. Justice Department officials said the nearly seven months since the attack was necessary to evaluate fully the circumstances of the case and to gather recommendations from prosecutors advising Holder.

Holder has said he is not a proponent of the death penalty because he believes its value as a deterrent is questionable, but since becoming attorney general in 2009, he has authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty in 36 cases, according to the Justice Department.

Attorneys for Tsarnaev have argued against a possible death sentence, in part because they claim Dzhokhar was following the lead of his older brother. They have also accused the government of throwing up unfair obstacles to hinder preparation of their client’s defense, including seeking to rush the start of trial and not sharing important evidence.

Tsarnaev’s defense attorney Miriam Conrad declined to comment on Holder’s decision on Thursday.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard as well as Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23. Tsarnaev is also accused in the shooting death of Sean Collier, 27, the university police officer.

A spokesman for Richard’s family said the family did not want to comment. Efforts to reach the families of the other victims were not immediately successful.

A trial date for Tsarnaev has not yet been set.

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Death Penalty Decision Imminent in Boston Bombing.


As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he’s not a proponent of capital punishment.

 

In the next day or two, Holder will make the most high-profile death penalty decision of his career in law enforcement: whether to seek capital punishment in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings last April that killed three people and injured 260.

As the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. in 1993, Holder recommended to Attorney General Janet Reno that she not seek the death penalty in the case of a slain police officer because of legal obstacles that made conviction unlikely. Reno overruled him but in the end, the government cut a deal that put the killer away for life imprisonment, a frequent outcome in capital punishment prosecutions.

“The case had problems … and when we had the ability to get a plea from the defendant that put him in jail without any chance of parole for the rest of his life, we decided to accept the plea,” Holder explained later to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At the same hearing, Holder assured the Senate panel that “I will enforce the law that has been passed, and any statute that contains a death penalty provision will be looked at as any other statute. I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us.”

In recent death penalty cases brought by Holder’s Justice Department, one defendant was sentenced to death and six received life sentences, either through a plea or a trial.

Even when there’s a conviction, the odds against death sentences being imposed are such that “from the Justice Department’s point of view the question about the death penalty often comes down to ‘If we seek it, how likely are we to get it?'” said David Schertler, who was chief of the homicide section when Holder ran the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, D.C.

Holder has had “a lot of experience with the death penalty and he has always been extremely thoughtful, deliberate and concerned about being consistent on the subject,” Schertler said.

As recently as last week, Holder emphasized that his opposition to the death penalty is due in part to practical concerns — what he sees as failures in the legal system.

“The problem is that in too many places, lawyers who are defending poor people don’t have adequate resources to do a good job,” Holder said in an appearance at the University of Virginia last Thursday. “You end up with these miscarriages of justice.”

“It’s really one of the reasons why I am personally opposed to the death penalty,” Holder added. “As good as our system is, it’s ultimately a system that is filled with men and women who are well intentioned but who make mistakes. And as horrible as it is for somebody to be put in jail for crimes that they did not commit, it is obviously not as bad as a situation where somebody is executed for a crime that he or she did not commit.”

But Holder’s description of a flawed legal system with inadequate resources doesn’t apply to the Boston case.

One of the finest death penalty attorneys in the country, Judy Clarke, is leading the legal team defending Tsarnaev. That legal team may be able to mount a strong defense by arguing that the defendant, just 19 at the time of the bombings, was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police four days after the blasts.

Another factor could complicate the government’s case if it seeks the death penalty. Massachusetts hasn’t had a state death penalty law since 1984. History suggests that it can be extremely difficult for federal prosecutors to win capital punishment cases in states that don’t have a capital punishment law of their own.

On the other hand, a jury of Massachusetts residents handed up a death sentence in the only federal capital case now pending in the state. A judge tossed out the jury’s death sentence against Gary Lee Sampson, a drifter who pleaded guilty in the July 2001 slayings of two men who had picked Sampson up hitchhiking. The U.S. Attorney in Boston, Carmen Ortiz, says prosecutors will again seek the death penalty instead of allowing Sampson to serve a life sentence.

The numbers seem to suggest an uphill battle for a death penalty prosecution.

From 1993 to 2012, the Justice Department brought 88 capital punishment cases in states that didn’t have a death penalty. Just seven of the defendants wound up on death row, according to data compiled by the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project.

Larry Mackey, a former Justice Department prosecutor, said that if Tsarnaev goes to trial, jury selection will delve into whether the jurors really hold the same view as Massachusetts law. In the end, he said, any risk that the prosecution can seat 12 jurors prepared to vote for death — even in Massachusetts — will propel negotiations for a guilty plea with life imprisonment. In this case, both parties have a reason to be at the negotiating table, he said.

There have been just three federal executions since the death penalty was reinstituted in 1976, and Mackey prosecuted one of them — Timothy McVeigh, in the Oklahoma City bombing case. The other defendant in the Oklahoma City bombing case, Terry Nichols, is serving a term of life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

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OWERRI — police in Imo State have arrested a pastor for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.


 

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OWERRI — The Police in Imo State have arrested the General Overseer and head of a popular church in Ikeduru council area of the state, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.This followed a petition written to the Owerri Police Area Command by the lawyer to the father of the alleged rape victim, Mr Emperor Iwuala.The father of the victim,  a widower and does not want his name in print, had alleged that the pastor severally raped his daughter between 2010 and 2013.According to him, “Between 2010 and 2013, I was sick and a friend of mine introduced me to the prophet. Because of my sickness, I lost my job as a luxury bus driver and also my accommodation in Naze Owerri.“Consequently, the prophet offered me accommodation in his house which he also uses as church. I moved in with my two little daughters. Because of my condition then, I did not know that the prophet was taking advantage of my predicament to defile one of my daughters.“One of the days, his wife caught him trying to abuse my daughter and she raised the alarm, which made the husband to send her packing.“Because of that, I sent my children away but the prophet threatened me, saying that I must bring my children back to the church. It was when my daughters went out of the prophet’s custody that they could narrate their ordeal to me.“Ironically, the prophet went to the police recently to report that I arranged to kidnap my daughters from his house.”Confirming the  petition,  Iwuala also disclosed that the said prophet was currently under investigation by the police for buying an alleged stolen vehicle.  He applauded the security operatives for the impressive manner they are handling the matter.When the suspect’s prayer house was visited, a worshipper who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that the pastor was arrested by the police and was still in their custody.

ASABA :14-yr-old boy plans grandmum’s kidnap, collects N150,000 ransom; Ironically, the abductors also took away the boy.


 

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ASABA — MEN of the Delta State Police command have arrested a 14-year-old boy for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of his grandmother.

Ironically, the abductors also took away the boy along with the grandmother and another victim in the process of kidnap but dropped off the accused before getting to their hideout.

It was also not the first time the boy had planned the abduction of his grandmother to enable him share from the ransom.

State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka gave a vivid account of the incident.

According to him: “This is a case of conspiracy in which a grandson, for the second time, planned his grandmother’s  kidnap.

“On 17th of this month in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area at 6pm, one Hope Evivie, a 62-year-old woman, was kidnapped with the suspect, Julius Evivie, a14-year-old boy and Victory Oghenero, also a four-year-old boy.

“However, the suspect was later dropped off on the road while the victim was taken away with the other four-year-old until January 25 when they were released without ransom.

“Through information, the roles of the suspect was revealed and on interrogation he confessed to receiving N150,000 for the role he played during the earlier kidnap when N4 million ransom was paid.

“The suspect will be charged to  court at the end of investigation. Parents and guardians are advised to limit information about themselves to their children, drivers and domestic servants. This incident has re-affirmed our (police) assertion that all kidnappings have insiders’ roles.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Arab Contractors Expatriate Pushes Down His Biafran Colleague From A 2 Storey Building In Enugu.


 

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A Nigerian, simply identified as Arinze, was feared dead yesterday, after an immigrant working with the Arab Contractors Construction Company (O.A.O) threw him down from the second-floor of a two-storey building undergoing construction at the new Enugu State Secretariat, Enugu.According to theParadigm, the immigrant worker, identified as Abdul Lateef, apparently from one of the Arab-speaking countries, allegedly pushed the deceased down from the building at about 11.30 a.m.
The immigrant worker whom sources said is feared by many in the company for his brutality, pushed the deceased down after their disagreement on how a particular task should be carried out at the site.
Workers of the company had attempted to lynch the expatriate, but for the timely intervention of the
police, who took him away.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command said it has commenced “a full-scale investigations into the alleged incident”.
A release made available to reporters in Enugu by the command’s public relations officer, Ebere Amaraizu, said “ the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is now responding to treatment”.But the South-eastern zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) insisted that “the Nigerian who was pushed down by the expatriate has died.
In a statement by its zonal director, Olu Omotayo, the CLO described the action of the expatriate as:
“a barbaric act in all ramifications. This is not the first time we are receiving complaints of torture and brutalisation of Nigerians by expatriates of some of these construction companies. These actions show how Nigerians have always been treated with disdain by these so-called expatriates in the construction companies.”Omotayo further condemned the brutal killing of Arinze and demanded that the police charge Abdul Lateef for murder.
“Nigerians cannot continue to be treated like animals in their own country,” he stated.

Source: Radio Biafra,

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