Tsarnaev Trial: Prosecution nears end

Tsarnaev Trial: Prosecution Nears End
Prosecutors could rest their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev later this week.

BOSTON (NBC News) After ten days of testimony, the prosecution in the Boston bombing trial may rest its case later this week.

Federal agents have described what they call “hate-filled” speeches, downloaded articles, YouTube clips, music about Jihad and instructions on how to build a bomb found on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s computers.

The jury has also visited the bullet-riddle boat where Tsarnaev was captured and read notes he left inside.

To this point the defense has put up little resistance, rarely cross-examining witnesses after the stunning admission during lead defense attorney Judy Clarke’s opening statement when she told jurors “he did it”, acknowledging Tsarnaev’s role in the deadly attack, but suggesting his older brother Tamerlan was the mastermind.

They’re hoping to portray Tamerlin Tsarnaev as a father-figure who pulled Dzhokhar into his “passion and plan”, in an effort to avoid the death penalty.

“The best chance they have to generate sympathy for him is this relationship with his brother,” says former federal prosecutor Pete White.

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