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Tsarnaev walks into the courtroom wearing a neon orange jumpsuit, unbuttoned at the top. His hair is still shaggy; he has a soft cast on his left arm. He looks kinda stoned, but my guess is, he’s just nervous. He sits between his two attorneys, guided by a security guard who removes his handcuffs.
Before the charges are read, attorney Judy Clarke asks if she can recite the pleas on behalf of Tsarnaev. “I would ask him to answer,” Judge Bowler says, meaning that Tsarnaev must respond himself.
Tsarnaev leans forward, scratches his chin, sits back. He looks sleepy but nervous; bored but fidgety. He puts a thumb to his face, leans forward, stares right, leans back. He stands, rubs his mouth. His lawyer touches his back.
Assistant US Attorney William Weinreb starts to read through a list of 30 charges being leveled against Tsarnaev, which includes charges for the use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. “The maximum penalty is up to life in prison or the death penalty,” he says.
Tsarnaev leans forward and says “Not Guilty” in a thick Russian accent into a microphone. It is strange and startling to hear this person’s voice for the first time, after months of seeing images of his face all over the Internet.
Weinreb continues reading through groups of charges: possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death; carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; bombing of a place of public use resulting in death.
“Not Guilty,” Tsarnaev says again. More charges are read.
“Not Guilty,” he says and rubs his mouth.
“Not Guilty,” clenching his hands together.
“Not Guilty.” He says it seven times.
- I went to Boston’s federal courthouse on Wednesday for the Boston marathon bombing suspect’s arraignment. It was his first public appearance since police found him hiding in a boat in Watertown on April 19. After the hearing, I interviewed a few people outside, including a couple of the “#FreeJahar” teenagers and one of Tsarnaev’s former classmates. The whole piece is here in this week’s issue of The Media. (via lizpelly)