Friday, May 15, 2015

Tsarnaev jury deliberating the ultimate question: Life or death

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev completed their first full day of deliberations Thursday without answering the toughest question any jury can face: whether the defendant should be sentenced to death.
The panel of seven women and five men was released for the day by US District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. They are due back at US District Court in Boston on Friday to resume their closed-door talks, according to The Boston Globe.
Jurors, who are working through a complex 24-page verdict slip meant to guide their decisionmaking, twice asked for clarification from O’Toole on legal issues.
The jury had already spent 45 minutes deliberating Wednesday after receiving instructions from the judge and hearing closing arguments from both sides.
There are 61 people on federal death row.  The federal government has not carried out an execution in about 12 years.  There have been only three federal executions in the modern era of the death penalty, including the 2001 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
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