Local defense attorney talks Tsarnaev verdict

Hoose said he thinks all Massachusetts residents are victims of the crime

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, George O'Toole Jr.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Friday’s verdict sets the stage for what could be the nation’s first execution of a terrorist in the post-9/11 era.

Just minutes after the reading of the jury’s verdict, 22News spoke with Northampton Criminal Defense Attorney David Hoose. He called today a sad day. He also said he was surprised at how quickly the jury came back with a verdict, and did not think it would be unanimous.

22News asked Hoose if he would have defended Dzhokhar Tsarnaev differently if he were Tsarnaev’s attorney. He said no.

Hoose said he thinks Tsarnaev had excellent attorneys, who showed that things may have been different if it weren’t for the influence of Dzhokhar’s brother.

Hoose told 22News he’s sad for the justice system. “It says something about jury selection in capitol cases in which people who are opposed to the death penalty are weeded out. It is not a jury of our peers, and it also says something about emotion and passion, which is not supposed to have anything to do with any decision in the criminal justice system.”

Hoose told 22News he thinks Dzhokhar Tsarnaev does have more legal options, specifically when it comes to the choice of trying his case in Massachusetts.

Hoose said he thinks all Massachusetts residents are victims of the crime.

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