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May 11, 2015

Boston bomber’s life in the balance as trial enters home stretch

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Boston Marathon bombing trial heads into its final days on Monday with defense attorneys set to wrap up their argument that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison, rather than death, for the murderous 2013 attack.

The federal jury last month found Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and wounding 264 others with a pair of homemade bombs at the famed race’s crowded finish line. For the past three weeks, jurors have heard testimony from prosecution and defense witnesses.

May 7, 2015

Boston bombing jury told of prison conditions Tsarnaev could face

By Scott Malone

BOSTON(Reuters) – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing, would spend most of his days alone in his cell if a U.S. jury decides to send him to prison instead of sentencing him to death, a penal expert testified on Thursday.

The same jury found Tsarnaev, 21, guilty last month of killing three people and injuring 264 others at the race’s crowded finish line on April 15, 2013, in one of the highest-profile attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

May 4, 2015

Boston bomber’s brother talked of ‘rage of hatred,’ court hears

BOSTON (Reuters) – Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s brother, who decribed feeling a “rage of hatred,” frightened at least one relative during a visit to Russia in 2012 when he espoused radical Islamist beliefs, a family member said on Monday.

Several of Tsarnaev’s relatives appeared in Boston federal court to testify at the second phase of his trial, where a jury will determine whether he is sentenced to death for killing three people and wounding 264 in the April 15, 2013, bombing attack on Boston’s best-attended sporting event.

May 4, 2015

Boston bomber’s cousin recalls Tsarnaev as ‘very kind’ child

BOSTON (Reuters) – A cousin of convicted Boston Marathon bomber recalled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as being a “very kind” child, as she testified on Monday at his high-profile trial where defense lawyers are fighting to spare the 21-year-old ethnic Chechen’s life.

The cousin, Raisat Suleimanov, a nurse who was born in Dagestan and now lives outside Moscow, said through an interpreter that she traveled to Boston out of familial love.

May 4, 2015

Baltimore lifts curfew imposed after unrest, relieving many

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The mayor of Baltimore on Sunday lifted a night curfew imposed on the city last week to stem a spate of looting and arson that followed the funeral of a young black man who died from injuries suffered while in police custody.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she believed sufficient calm had returned to allow her to end the 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew, which took effect last Tuesday after protests over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray turned violent on Monday.

May 3, 2015

Day of prayer for Baltimore after black man’s police custody death

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The city of Baltimore was on Sunday to observe a day of prayer two weeks after a 25-year-old black man died of injuries suffered in police custody in a case that has led to criminal charges against six officers.

Freddie Gray’s death last month was the latest in a string of police killings of unarmed black men that have sparked anger and protests across the United States over the past year. But in a sharp departure from many prior incidents, Baltimore prosecutors found the officers had broken the law both in arresting Gray and in roughly handling him.

May 3, 2015

Festive Baltimore rallies in hope after police charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Thousands of people took to the streets of Baltimore on Saturday as anger over the death of a young black man turned to hopes for change following swift criminal charges against six police officers.

There was an upbeat mood at the march from the housing projects where 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested last month to a plaza in front of city hall where the city’s chief prosecutor announced charges on Friday ranging from murder to assault in his death.

May 2, 2015

Baltimore’s curfew takes a toll on city businesses

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Five days after rioters torched buildings and looted stores in an outbreak of violence over the death of a black man who was fatally injured in police custody, Baltimore’s bars and restaurants are hurting.

With police and National Guard troops enforcing a 10 p.m. nightly curfew, businesses in all corners of the city are forced to close early and are seeing fewer customers during the shortened hours they are open, business owners said on Saturday.

May 2, 2015

Baltimore heads into weekend of rallies after officers charged

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A jubilant Baltimore headed into a weekend of rallies on Saturday after six police officers were criminally charged over the arrest of a 25-year-old black man whose death led to rioting earlier in the week.

Demonstrations are expected to continue around the United States through the weekend, with a massive rally planned for Baltimore city hall with marchers leaving from the Gilmor Homes housing projects where the victim, Freddie Gray, was arrested.

May 2, 2015

Six Baltimore officers charged in death of Gray, one with murder

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore’s chief prosecutor charged one police officer with murder on Friday and five others with lesser crimes in the death of a young black man who suffered a critical neck injury in the back of a police van, a case that fueled new anger over police treatment of minorities.

The swift decision by Marilyn Mosby, who has been in the position only since January, to charge the six officers in the death of Freddie Gray caught many by surprise in a city hit Monday night by its worst civil unrest in decades.

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