Jill Vaglica

Judge O'Toole, Boston College, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Tsarnaev Judge Did Not Practice What He Preaches

Reading Time: 3 minutes The U.S. District Court judge who presided over the trial of convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev seems to have forgotten crucial details about the jury pool he interviewed during voir dire. Why do I seem to remember more about this aspect of the trial than the presiding judge?When I heard that Judge George O’Toole Read More

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Boston Bombing Judge to Speak About Case Though Appeal Still Pending

Reading Time: 2 minutes The death penalty verdict in the high-profile case of the Boston Bombing, covered extensively by  WhoWhatWhy, is still under appeal — but that’s not stopping the jurist from commenting publicly on the matter. On April 6, at Boston College, Judge George O’Toole will join a panel of Boston College law experts to discuss judicial responses Read More

How the FBI Got Tsarnaev’s Friend to Turn on Him

Reading Time: 3 minutes The evidence suggests the FBI went to extraordinary lengths to set up one of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s best friends, to ensure his help in convicting the accused Boston Marathon bomber. Stephen Silva, who testified against Tsarnaev, was released on December 22, 2015, and is now a free man after being sentenced to time served:17 months. Had he not agreed to testify for the prosecution, he would have faced a maximum of 40 years for selling heroin — something the FBI manipulated him into doing.