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Tsarnaev’s Trial for Boston Marathon Bombing Begins Nov 3

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Attorneys for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the 20 year-old sole remaining suspect in last year’s Boston Marathon Bombing attack, met in Boston for a status conference with the prosecutors and the judge on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

This is the first court appearance since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder granted approval for federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev. That announcement was made on Jan. 30.

In the joint status report filed on Monday, Feb. 10, defense counsel had requested the judge hold off on a trial date until at least September, 2015.

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole, however, concurred with the federal prosecutors.  He said that extending the timeline for the trial risked overstuffing the proceedings with immaterial evidence.

Judge O’Toole stated that a trial date of Nov. 3, about nine months from now, is “realistic and fair.”

Tsarnaev’s lawyers claimed the November date was “impossible” to meet.

The judge also told Tsarnaev’s lawyers that they have until June 18 to file any motion for a change of venue for the trial. Although trials typically take place in the court nearest to where the offense occurred, defendants are permitted to ask to have a trial moved elsewhere, if they can make out a cognizable claim that the pool from which the jury will be picked is so hostile that it will be impossible to pick a fair jury.

Tsarnaev, 20, is charged with 30 federal criminal counts. He and his older brother, Tamerlan, the prosecution alleges, are responsible for killing three and injuring more than 260 people using two pressure cooker bombs, placed near the marathon finish line on Boylston St. on April 15, 2013. The three killed by the marathon bombs were eight year-old Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Boston University graduate student Lingzi Lu.

Tsarnaev was also charged with allegedly murdering 26 year-old Sean Collier, a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while trying to elude capture three days after the bombing.

Boston Bomber Implicated in 9/11/11 Triple Murder, including 2 Jews

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As The Jewish Press reported six months ago, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother implicated in the Boston Marathon Bombings may well have been involved in what had been an unsolved triple murder case which also took place in the Boston area.

And what The Jewish Press noted, but which had not yet been widely discussed, is that not only did Tamerlan Tsarnaev know all three of the young men whose throats were slashed open, but that the murders occurred on September 11, 2011, exactly ten years to the day after the Islamist assault on America which resulted in the murder of innocent thousands.

Well, now we have a piece of real evidence linking Tsarnaev to the triple murder.

“According to Todashev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev participated in the Waltham homicides,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing, though they did not elaborate.

According to federal prosecutors in the criminal case against the Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the younger, sole surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombings, a friend of the older brother Tamerlan, Ibragim Todashev, said that Tamerlan “participated in the Waltham homicides.”

Todashev had been a person of interest connected to the Tsarnaevs whom federal authorities were pursuing, but on the day he was interrogated by an FBI agent, he was shot and killed.  That death remains under investigation.

The information became public this week because Dzokhar’s lawyers filed a motion to compel the release of evidence in the possession of the prosecution, including information about the Waltham triple murders. Prosecutors opposed the motion.

Erik Weissman, 31 of Waltham, Raphael Terek, 37, of Waltham and Brendan Mess, 25, of Waltham were murdered on September 11, 2011. Terek and Weissman were Jewish, and Weissman was a graduate of Brandeis University, a Jewish-affiliated school also located in Waltham.At the time of the murders, authorities seemed quick to dismiss the gruesome murder as a drug-deal gone bad, but the fact that there was no sign of forced entry and that more than $7000 worth of marijuana was spread around the three bodies belied this tack.

No one seemed to even notice that the murders took place on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

But after the Tsarnaevs were identified as suspects in the Marathon bombings, people who noted at the time of the murders that Tamerlan, who had been very close with one of the three murder victims, never showed up for the funeral or any memorial service, and people began to talk.

Although there has been speculation before that Todashev named Tamerlan Tsarnaev as having been involved in the Waltham triple murder, the documents filed in court this week provided the first official evidence.

Todashev’s death at the hands of an FBI agent who had been interrogating him initially resulted in an outpouring of sympathy for the slain Chechen former wrestler.  However, a former live-in girlfriend’s complaints of abuse by U.S. authorities clashed with the mourning by someone claiming to be Todashev’s widow who had remained overseas during Todashev’s tenure in the U.S.

Of course, there are advocates for people involved in all kinds of unpleasant business. The Florida branch of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, requested the US Department of Justice open an investigation into the allegations of civil rights violations and abuse by the FBI of Todashev’s friends.

Dzokhar Tsarnaev Inspired by Hamas Founder, Indictment Reveals

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the months following the dramatic arrest of 19 year old Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two Tsarnaev brothers who were identified in photographs released by the FBI on April 18 as the apparent perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombings, fan clubs, websites and slogans insisting that “Dzokhar was innocent” popped up. Right.

The older Tsarnaev brother, Tamerlan, died as the two attempted to escape in the early morning hours of April 19.

But on Thursday, June 27, a 30-count indictment was issued against Dzokhar Tsarnaev.

The indictment contradicts some earlier media reports that the younger brother was not a killer, but instead was a thoroughly Americanized, goofy younger brother, a naive accomplice bullied by his older brother into “coming along for the ride” on the killing spree.

For one thing, on the day that their pictures began appearing in the international media, the indictment states that the two brothers allegedly armed themselves not just with improvised explosive devices – the ones we all learned to call the “pressure cookers,” but with a semiautomatic handgun and ammunition and a hunting knife.  Oh, and a machete.  No one does anything nice with a machete.

The brothers killed Mr. Collier that night by shooting him in the head at close range with the handgun and attempted to steal his service weapon, according to the indictment.

The United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Carmen Ortiz, announced the indictment at a press conference Thursday afternoon.  She explained that Tsarnaev was charged with 4 counts of murder for the three who died from the bombings, and the college security officer, Sean Collier, who was shot at close range on the evening of the brothers’ attempted escape.  Tsarnaev was also charged with “maiming, burning and wounding scores of others.”

Several facts which had not been widely known before were released in the indictment.  Including the fact about the machete.

We learned for the first time that more than a month before the bombing the two brothers went to Manchester, New Hampshire, rented 9mm handguns and 200 rounds of ammunition, and practiced shooting.  This is important, because it shows that the brothers had been planning and preparing for not only the bombing, but for a shootout if they were apprehended.

We also learned that after the pictures of the Tsarnaev brothers began to appear in the media on April 18, and after arming themselves with the IEDs, the gun and ammo and the knives – including the machete – the brothers drove to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, approached safety officer Sean Collier, and shot him in the head at close range, killing him.

The brothers then carjacked a man who was in his Mercedes.  It was Dzokhar who took the victim’s ATM card and withdrew $800 from the victim’s account.  The Tsarnaevs told the victim they planned to take his car to Manhattan.

During the shootout in Watertown, we learned, that Dzokhar drove directly at the officers who were attempting to arrest Tamerlan, and that the younger brother drove over Tamerlan, causing him serious bodily injury.

As everyone already knows, Dzokhar escaped at that point and hid in a boat parked outside a Watertown residence.

But, according to the indictment, the night of April 19, as Tsarnaev hid in the boat, he wrote messages with his own blood, on the inside of the boat.  Those messages are confessions and included, according to Time:

  • “The U.S. Government is killing our innocent civilians.”
  • “Can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished.”
  • “We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”
  • “Now I don’t like killing innocent people it is forbidden in Islam but due to said [unintelligible] it is allowed.”
  • “Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop.”

The charges against Tsarnaev include 17 different counts that carry the possibility of the death penalty, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction, and other counts for which life imprisonment are potential sentences.

According to Ortiz, it is up to Attorney General Eric Holder to decide whether or not the death penalty is sought, and an announcement will be made when Holder makes that decision.

Former IDF Combat Doc Cares for Boston bombings Victims and Suspect

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Dr. Kevin Tabb, 49, is the president and chief executive officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.  The BI, as it is referred to locally, is the hospital to which many of the victims as well as the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were brought.

Tabb is used to two things that most American physicians are not – he is used to dealing with large numbers of traumatic injury victims being brought into his hospital following a terrorist bombing, and he’s used to treating victim and suspected terrorist in the same place at the same time and with the same level of care.

Dr. Tabb, whose Hebrew name is Ilan, was a commissioned officer and served as a combat physician in the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1980′s.

Although police and political authorities asked the medical staff to refrain from revealing much information, some information about the prime suspect, 19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev, was available.

“Unfortunately, I have had a lot of experience with these types of injuries after years of treating people injured in terror attacks in Israel,” said Tabb, who is a member of the board of Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.

“We have a few Israeli doctors in the emergency room, and the director of the ER is also Israeli. But most of the physicians at the hospital are not Israeli, and they functioned exceptionally well,” Tabb told the media.

“It was very similar to what I was used to in Israel in that we had to admit many injured people in a short period of time,” Professor Tabb told YNet. “The fact that we are treating both the victims and the suspected terrorist also reminds me of similar situations in Israel. In Israel we had an injured soldier and a terrorist lying on adjacent beds. When an injured person is admitted to the ER, the doctor or nurse treats him without asking questions.”

Dr. Daniel Talmor, an Israeli who is the head emergency services physician at the BI told Israel Army Radio that Tsarnaev has “serious injuries, but I believe he will live.” Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was brought into the BI early Friday morning and died from the extensive traumatic injuries, including multiple gunshot wounds, explosives shrapnel and, possibly, the result of having been run over by the runaway car his younger brother was driving.

Growing up, Tabb was involved with the Zionist youth movement and after finishing high school, moved to Israel from Berkeley, California.  When he arrived in Israel he joined a kibbutz, and then enlisted in the IDF. During his IDF service he met his future wife, Caron.

After completing his military service, Tabb and his wife both attended Hebrew University.  Tabb went on to the Hadassah Medical School for his medical training and early practice, and intended to remain in Israel.

However, the family returned to the United States in 2000. Prior to joining the BI, Tabb was the medical director at Stanford University Medical Center.

Caron Tabb’s family is still in Israel, and they travel there frequently for visits, according to a Boston media outlet.

Tabb and his wife have two teenage children.

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