Our coverage of tsarnaev

Tsarnaev Defense’s Sisyphean Task: Moving the Marathon Bombing Trial

DzhokharTsarnaevGavelCiting deep, lingering emotions, close associations with victims or investigators and extensive bias exhibited on juror questionnaires, attorneys for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzkhokhar Tsarnaev have once again asked an appellate court to grant a change of venue.

They’ve also requested U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. stop jury selection until the First Court of Appeals rules on their motion–their second appeal in six weeks. It argues, in part, that:

“Maintaining the trial in this District in the face of the ongoing questioning of the impartiality and fairness of View article …

Muslim Terrorism Expert Testifying at Tsarnaev Trial Isn’t an Expert on Much

Expecting a terrorism expert to have done vast amounts of field research in the Middle East to understand Islam and/or Middle Eastern history, and to at least speak Arabic should be a no-brainer.

But when Matthew Levitt took the stand to testify in the case of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev this week, few of those expectations were met.

Levitt, a Ph.D. who heads the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), is among a small group View article …

Boston Bombing: Rare Opportunity to Hear the Tsarnaev Case in Action

Since U.S. District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. has prohibited the media from filming or taping the proceedings in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, the oral arguments made on Feb. 19 in the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals offer a unique opportunity to hear the court case in action.

You can hear both Tsarnaev’s lawyers and the prosecutors making their cases for or against moving the trial, revealing their approaches, skill levels and strategy. The defense argues that there is too much of a presumption of guilt in Boston for him to get a fair trial. The appellate court turned down an earlier View article …

Boston Bombing Core Mystery: Why are Feds Not Interested in this Man?

Now that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his involvement in the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the lengthy inevitable Death Row appeals process begins, the investigative work for conscientious journalists continues as well.


As readers of WhoWhatWhy know the case is chock full of unresolved issues, inconsistencies, and anomalies that cast doubt on whether we learned even the most basic truths of what happened on April 15, 2013, or why. Perhaps most troubling is the FBI’s successful effort to minimize its prior relationship with Tsarnaev’s dead older brother, Tamerlan—a relationship that demands focused View article …

The Surveillance State, Tsarnaevs Under Siege & Drone Dollars‏: Apr. 29. 2015


Tsarnaev Family Besieged by Media, Angry Bostonians
by Lara Turner
Tensions are running high with members of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s family now in the Boston area for the sentencing phase of his trial. Their hotel was besieged with cancellations and complaints—and bombing victims expressed outrage that the defense paid for the trip out of their taxpayer-funded budget. But this one is not a simple matter of wasteful spending, and the family is worth a closer look.

Looking for a Longer Jail Sentence? Cooperate with FBI!

To the mounting pile of oddities surrounding the Boston Marathon Bombing—the largest terrorist attack on domestic soil since 9/11—we add yet another: the wide disparities in the government’s treatment of the people associated with the accused bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted and given the death penalty, and his dead elder brother, Tamerlan.


Here’s the odd thing: the more that these people cooperated with the government, the harsher their punishment. Conversely, a few who failed to cooperate with the FBI escaped prosecution entirely.


Officials have made clear that the harsh sentences meted out to most of the Tsarnaev brothers’ former friends View article …


FBI’s Secret Tsarnaev Docs

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Boston Bombing Iron Curtain

A federal judge has rejected the American Civil Liberties Union’s request to file written arguments in support of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who stands accused in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Such arguments are known as amicus briefs, or “friend of the court” briefs, and are filed by third parties who wish to offer legal arguments that may be relevant in a case.  Federal trial judges rarely accept such briefs, which are typically filed not at the trial but at the appellate level.  But the denial is unusual for View article …

Why Russia Matters to the Boston Bombing Suspect’s Defense

1Are Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers trying to defend his case on the facts at all, or are they just trying to save his life?


Based on the overwhelmingly lopsided advantage the government holds, with a virtual monopoly on investigative evidence, it’s safe to assume the latter.


Whether the intent is to deny Tsarnaev a) any infinitesimal chance of proving his case—or even lessening the charges against him—or b) to prevent embarrassing information from leaking out at trial, the government has brought the legal version of “full spectrum dominance” warfare to View article …

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, CPB, Boston

On Boston Bombing, Right to Know is Zero

It has been nearly five years since two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and nearly three years since the conclusion of the trial of the sole surviving Tsarnaev brother, Dzhokhar. And yet, the government continues to maintain radio silence over many crucial questions related to the bombing.


Since the 2013 bombing, WhoWhatWhy has made dozens and dozens of records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other records request laws, from multiple government agencies, in an effort to fill in some of the many holes View article …

Boston MIT Cop Cover-Up

Sean-Collier-Red-Sox-4-20-13All one has to do is consider the eyewitness accounts of the shootout in Watertown to realize that the Tsarnaev brothers were almost certainly not—as a surprisingly large number of people posting comments on this site and around the Internet seem to believe—harmless naïfs who did nothing wrong. Whether or not they planted the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, whether or not they acted alone or in concert with others, whether they were ideologues or dupes, it seems evident that they were involved in some kind of violent adventure View article …