Chicago partner Dan Collins was quoted in two articles on whether the jury will decide on a death sentence in the second phase of the Boston Marathon bomber trial. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was recently found guilty of 30 counts against him, including conspiracy and deadly use of a weapon of mass destruction. Seventeen of those charges are punishable by death. In the next phase of the federal trial, the same jurors must decide whether the 21-year-old receives a death sentence.
Dan, who handled the case against a suspect in the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, said that in terms of mitigating factors, “the crime is so horrific that they don't have much else really to point to, other than his age and the influence of his older brother. At this point, it's going to be the life experiences and the perspectives of the jurors in deciding whether or not they believe that these points are strong enough that his life should be spared," he said.
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