Ann O’Neill, Aaron Cooper and Ray Sanchez – CNN June 25, 2015
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended his long silence on Wednesday, apologizing for the pain and suffering he caused his victims before a judge formally imposed his death sentence.
“If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother,” Tsarnaev said, referring to the bombings carried out by him and older brother Tamerlan. “I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family.”
Tsarnaev, 21, bowed his head and clasped his hands in front as he stood at the defense table. Speaking in a low, slightly accented voice, he expressed remorse but never turned to face his victims.
He said he had come to know their names, faces and ages during his trial, but he did not address any of them by name. Two dozen victims had given powerful victim impact statements earlier in the day.
“Now, I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable damage,” Tsarnaev said.
“Allah said in the Quran that no soul is burdened with more than it can bear, and you told us just how unbearable it was, how horrendous it was, this thing I put you through,” he said. “I also wish that far more people had a chance to get up there (and speak), but I took them from you.”
Addressing the survivors who packed the courtroom, Tsarnaev said he prayed for Allah “to bestow his mercy upon the deceased, those affected in the bombing and their families. I pray for your relief, for your healing, for your well-being, for your strength.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologizes, says he is guilty
Judge George O’Toole told Tsarnaev he had embraced a cruel God, heeded the jihadist “siren song” and engaged in “monstrous self-deception” to carry out the bombings. The judge quoted works by Shakespeare and Verdi as he formally imposed the death sentence — a decision already made by a federal jury.
“Whenever your name is mentioned, what will be remembered is the evil you have done,” O’Toole said. “No one will remember that your teachers were fond of you. No one will mention that your friends found you funny and fun to be with. No one will say you were a talented athlete or that you displayed compassion in being a Best Buddy or that you showed more respect to your women friends than your male peers did.
“What will be remembered is that you murdered and maimed innocent people and that you did it willfully and intentionally. You did it on purpose.”
O’Toole recalled Verdi’s opera “Otello” and the evil character Iago, who tries to justify his malice by saying he believes in a cruel God.
“Surely someone who believes that God smiles on and rewards the deliberate killing and maiming of innocents believes in a cruel God,” the judge said. “That is not, it cannot be, the God of Islam. Anyone who has been led to believe otherwise has been maliciously and willfully deceived.”
After the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said she was more struck by what Tsanaev didn’t say, particularly his failure to denounce terrorism and Islamic extremism.
Survivor Lynn Julian told reporters outside court that Tsarnaev’s “Oscar-worthy” speech lacked sincerity.
“I regret ever wanting to hear him speak,” she said.
But another survivor, Henry Borgard, 23, said he accepted the apology. He added that when he locked eyes briefly with Tsarnaev in court, he saw a boy.
“I do know that I believe in second chances,” Borgard said. “The man, the boy who planted that bomb that blew up in front of me is younger than I am.”
Tsarnaev is the first person to be handed a death sentence in a federal terrorism case since the September 11, 2001, attacks. He and older brother Tamerlan, who died while fleeing police, set off two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Comment — June 25, 2015
At the time of his capture, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly “shot away his voice box in a botched suicide attempt”.
Now however, he appears to have miraculously recovered from those injuries. At least enough to conveniently admit his guilt. Ed.
Israeli Doctors Are Treating Boston Bombing Suspect: New Details on His Condition
Sharona Schwartz — Yahoo News April 21, 2013
As 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev “clings to life,” Israeli media revealed that two of the senior doctors treating Tsarnaev have abundant past experience treating victims of terror. That’s because they’re from Israel.
Dr. Kevin (Ilan) Tabb, president and CEO of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston told the Israeli website Ynet that Tsarnaev is in stable condition but that because of wounds to his throat, he may never be able to speak again.
Boston Marathon bomber shot himself in the throat in a botched suicide bid as police hunted him down
Lindsey Archibald – Daily Record April 22, 2015
DZHOKHAR Tsarnaev can’t speak due to his injuries. FBI interrogators are desperate to quiz the 19-year old to see if anyone else was involved in last week’s attacks in Boston.
CORNERED Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shot away his voice box in a botched suicide attempt during his last stand against armed police.
FBI interrogators are desperate to question the 19-year-old to find out if anyone else was involved in last week’s deadly attacks.
But Chechen-born Dzhokhar, who is still in critical condition in the same hospital as 11 of his victims, is unable to talk.
A source close to the investigation said: “Dzhokhar can’t speak due to his injuries. He will be asked to indicate his answers by any means possible – either writing them down or even blinking to say yes or no.”
It is thought at some point during Friday’s stand-off, the teenager placed a gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger in a desperate bid to avoid capture and, possibly, the death penalty.
Reports say the bullet passed through his throat, missing the spinal cord and exiting the back of his neck.