Honorable George A O'Toole

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

Tsarnaev Faces More Charges: in case he gets off?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan wants Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial for the murder of MIT cop Sean Collier and the shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts. According to experts, individuals charged with federal capital crimes are almost never subsequently charged with local crimes. Does DA Ryan think the federal charges might not stick upon appeal?

Marathon Bomber Appeals Conviction: Do His Lawyers Know Something We Don’t?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers continue the legal formalities necessary to build a case for appeal, despite an unequivocal admission by the defendant of his own guilt. Is there anything to be gleaned from an appeals trial about the backstory of the Boston Marathon bombing? Something that may help the public understand the shadowy relationship between the national security apparatus and “domestic terrorists”?

Looking for a Longer Jail Sentence? Cooperate with FBI!

Reading Time: 8 minutes A friend of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to six years in prison—after cooperating with the FBI in its investigation. Other known Tsarnaev associates who did not cooperate were let off without so much as a questioning. What is going on here?