By Cheryl Dean
I believe you were used by the court system to achieve the result they wanted in the trial of Dzhokhar (“Jahar”) Tsarnaev.
And you fell in with their plan beautifully.
Following almost a month of “jury selection” drama (well, media drama anyway), you had to sit in the jury box for the 34-day trial. You must have found much of it boring, especially all the technical details given by so-called experts.
Those well-paid persons managed to fill hundreds of pages of text in the individual court trial transcripts — without proving a single thing about who was responsible for the events.
I believe much of the testimony was meant to traumatize you jurors, for example the graphic naked autopsy photos of the deceased. You probably had never seen anything like that before.
And why was so much time devoted to the stories of the injured, and family members, and all the pain they had suffered? Was it sufficient for you to make your decision to convict Dzhokhar?
However ‘strong’ the array of victim testimony and graphic photos, going on for days and days, it did nothing to prove anything about who caused all that. Did that confuse you?
I believe you let your pre-trial biases take over the rational “impartial” thinking part of your mind. Each of you had said you could be impartial and set aside any preconceived bias about the defendant and what you had been bombarded with from the media and #bostonstrong for two whole years, but that wasn’t possible.
You were being conditioned for your role as jurors. Yes, it was all part of the plan. The continual leaks from official sources (which now we know were lies) helped the prosecution a lot, and Judge O’Toole had no problem with it.
Twenty Five Questions
Still, even considering all the above factors, there are a few questions I wish could be answered. For example:
- Did you honestly think those two little ants on the ground at MIT in the grainy farthest away video possible, were really the Tsarnaev brothers, and if so, why?
- Did you wonder at all why this video that identified no one was so far away when the campus had many, many surveillance cameras?
- Did you really think the video of a car coming into MIT and a reenactment of a car coming out of MIT, was the Tsarnaev’s car? Did you see their license plate number? Did you see what color the car was?
- Did you see who was driving? Were you positive it was a Honda Civic? Was the back window still shot out? Did you know there are millions of Honda Civic cars in the US?
- Did you know that MIT was crawling with FBI agents on April 18thbefore Officer Collier was shot? It was all over the media. Didn’t you wonder why?
- Did you wonder why separate close video of Nathan Harman, the bicycle witness, was available, but no close up video of the murder of Officer Collier?
- Did you wonder why there was no blood or gun residue on Dzhokhar or his clothes, considering Collier was shot at close range?
- Did you wonder why there was no evidence presented of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body or clothes and possible blood or gun residue on him? After all, the trial was to find out who committed these crimes. Or was it?
- Did you wonder why Dun Meng who testified he was very tired, and decided to go for a drive to relax? Does that make any sense?
- Did you wonder why there were 16 surveillance cameras at the gas station where he escaped, yet only one video that was not date or time stamped was shown?
- Did you wonder why there was no video shown of the front of the SUV showing who was actually in that car?
- Did you wonder why his license plate was not shown?
- Did you wonder why Dzhokhar was leisurely shopping for snacks while 9,000 cops were looking for him?
- Did you wonder why no one is shown pumping gas, and no one is shown paying for that gas and no receipt for gas was shown? Dun Meng testified that gas was put in his car.
- Did you wonder why Professor James Fox had to accompany Dun Meng every time he spoke including at the trial?
- Did you wonder why James Fox was at the gas station, where Dun Meng escaped to, without Dun Meng, when the owner was being interviewed? Why was he there?
- Did you wonder why the only grainy video of Laurel Street was from a resident who was recording on his cell phone from a third story window through a screen?
- Did you wonder why not a single cop or FBI agent had any dash cam video or any video of the Watertown shootout? There were 2,400 cops there, most doing nothing.
- Did you wonder why it was said over and over by law enforcement that Dzhokhar killed his brother by running over him, yet testimony says Tamerlan was still fighting with police after that?
- What did you think when you heard that a run-over man was still combatant even in the ambulance, and that the bullet holes in him were “too numerous to count”?
- Did you ever think that police might lie, especially after the medical examiner stated that there was no evidence that Tamerlan was run over by a vehicle?
- Did you wonder why unarmed Dzhokhar was shot at from every side of the boat, 228 bullets to be exact, when he had been laying motionless for hours?
- Did it ever occur to any of you that the FBI was trying to murder Dzhokhar for some reason? Do you ever wonder how his throat got slit?
- -Did you ever wonder why the Guantanamo torture team was sent to Dzhokhar’s hospital bed while he was in critical condition and “interrogated” him for 2 days?
- Did you ever wonder why Dzhokhar cried for 2 days after waking up in the hospital? Could it be that he was being tortured by the gitmo team for those 2 days, along with his severe and traumatic injuries?
And That’s Not All!
OK, that was a lot of questions, but still just a drop in the bucket compared to how many more questions there are.
I don’t know how you could calmly in 14 hours sentence someone who was only a teenager at the time, to death, with such flimsy and dubious “evidence” to say the very least.
There was a whole lot more than just reasonable doubt, and really, shouldn’t there be no doubt before you agree to kill someone!
That really makes you no better than any murderer. Maybe even worse because you had months to find out what really happened and to decide for yourselves if the evidence proved that Dzhokhar was guilty.
“The prosecution actually had no ‘case,’ just a bunch of gory, emotionally wrenching stories from victims who neither saw nor heard Dzhokhar Tsarnaev do anything to cause that pain and suffering. If they had had a case, they would have presented actual witnesses, not victims.” [from Lynn at “Writing the Wrong for Jahar” an excellent website]
Juror 83 and the rest of the jurors said they feared for their safety. Withholding the names of jurors is only done in rare cases; it began as a preventative measure against witness tampering in mafia trials in the 1970s. But former federal judge and Harvard Law School professor Nancy Gertner says O’Toole’s move to keep the documents sealed is unprecedented.
“The judge has to make findings in advance that there are threats.” So far O’Toole has made no such finding. “I don’t see any justification on the records,” said Gertner.
Judge George O’Toole has now declined multiple motions filed jointly by the Boston Globe and WBUR requesting that the jurors’ names be released. So far, the jury list has already been withheld for over 8 months. Why??
As jurors go, you are a pretty pathetic lot. What were you doing during the 14 hours of deliberations? You certainly weren’t looking at the evidence, which was your job, and which you failed miserably at.
Shame on all of you.
— Cheryl Dean is inspecting every bit of the case that resulted in the conviction of Dzhokhar (“Jahar”) Tsarnaev. Gumshoe has already published Cheryl’s open letters to the Prosecutor, the US Attorney General and “Chidings of Great Joy“. Stay tuned for more. Cheryl is not going away.