Phillip Martin

Senior Investigative Reporter, WGBH-FM

Since joining WGBH in the spring of 2010, Phillip Martin has reported on human trafficking in southern New England, the Boston Marathon bombing, Whitey Bulger, carbon offset schemes, police shootings, training and race, the Occupy movement and the fishing industry in New England, among other topics. 

On WGBH-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and an occasional panelist for Beat the Press, and hosted the World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage. He is a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2012 International Center for Journalists Ford Foundation Fellow.

In addition, Phillip is executive producer for Lifted Veils Productions, a nonprofit public radio journalism project dedicated to exploring issues that divide and unite society. His Color Initiative --an occasional series of reports about the global impact of skin color--aired on The World, a co-production of WGBH, the BBC and PRI.  Phillip has worked as a supervising senior editor for NPR and was NPR’s first national race relations correspondent, from 1998 to 2001. In 1995, in his role as a senior producer, he helped create The World.

He has received various journalism honors, including a 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism (Underground Trade),  2014 Clarion Awards, a 2012 PASS Award, a 2012 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Ongoing Coverage (team award), the Margaret and Hans Rey WGBH producer of the year award, a 2011 regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, the 2010 Asian American Journalists Award for National Radio Reporting, the 2008 Ruben Salazar Award and the 2005 NABJ Radio Documentary Award. He is an adjunct professor at Brandeis University's Heller School of Public Policy.

Phillip was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow from 1997 to 1998 and a U.S.-Japan Media Fellow in 1997. He earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and studied international protection of human rights law at Harvard Law School as well as journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in the Program for Minority Journalists. 

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Local News
1:27 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Tsarnaev Sentencing: Prosecution Rests After Doctor, Victims Detail Injuries

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

Update, 2 p.m.: The final witness called by the government Thursday was Steve Woolfenden — who lost part of his left leg while watching the Boston Marathon outside the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street. 

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1:27 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Killing Tsarnaev Part One: Experts Warn of the Cost of Martyrdom

A photo accompanying a May 2013 issue of Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine depicts Tamerlan aloft in the clouds. This is what security experts fear—the making of a second "martyr", Dzhokhar Tsaernaev.

I can assure that many people within the security apparatus of our government are concerned.

In schools, cafes and around work-place water coolers across the state, a debate is raging over the question of life or death for Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Everyone seems to have an opinion about which is the worse punishment. But there is another consideration that may have been overlooked in this discussion:  The question of security posed by the very prospect of killing Tsarnaev.   

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9:54 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Sentencing Phase: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Flashed Middle Finger At Security Camera

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

Update 3:00 p.m.:

The day began with judge George O'Toole giving jury instructions on the penalty phase of the trial — he reminded jurors they all said they were open to the death penalty, but said they were not obligated to choose it. If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gets death, it must be unanimous.

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12:11 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Desisa Wins 119th Boston Marathon; Rotich Takes Women's Race In Tight Finish

Lelisa Desisa, left, and Caroline Rotich won the 2015 men's and women's races in the Boston Marathon.
Credit AP Photos

Nearly 30,000 starters competed in today’s Boston Marathon. 

Lelisa Deesisa of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich from Kenya won in the men’s and women’s divisions respectively.

Tatyana McFaden of the United States and Marcel Hug of Switzerland came in first in the wheelchair races.  The crowd numbers were lower than usual on this rain soaked day.
 
Those who turned out at the sidelines witnessed what came down to a neck and neck race between Kenyan Caroline Rotich and Ethiopian Mare Dibaba. 

Rotich crossed the finish line by a hair.

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3:00 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Two Years After the Marathon Bombings Striving for 'One Boston'

The family of bombing victim Martin Richard and hundreds of others at 2nd year anniversary commemoration on Boston City Hall Plaza.
Credit Phillip Martin WGBH RADIO

Eleven minutes before the hour of 3:00 pm. on Wednesday, church bells tolled across Boston to mark the two-year anniversary of the first bomb that exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. 

Hundreds of people gathered on Boylston Street and at Government Center to both remember and to reflect.  The midday stillness that reigned over the city for just a moment at 2:49 pm was punctuated by bells tolling from Old South Church.  

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2:16 am
Fri April 10, 2015

If Clarence Darrow Defended Tsarnaev: The Art of The Closing Argument

Clarence Darrow in 1924, with his clients, Nathan Leopold, left, and Richard Loeb, right.
Credit United Press International

After weeks of testimony and 96 witnesses a jury this week found admitted Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, guilty on all 30 charges.  Seventeen of them are punishable by death.  The trial now enters the penalty phase. Legal experts argue that a powerful or weak closing argument has represented the difference between life in prison or execution.  WGBH Radio’s Senior Reporter Phillip Martin looks at an effective closing argument that saved two lives. 

The year was 1924. 

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10:13 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Mother Of Maimed Brothers Wants Death Penalty For Tsarnaev

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

After nearly 12 hours of deliberations the jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has reached a verdict.

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9:12 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Tsarnaev: Guilty On All 30 Counts In Marathon Bombing, 17 Carry Possibility Of Execution

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three and wounded more than 200.
Credit (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

The courtroom was stone-cold quiet as defendant Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, 21 years of age, entered.

The jury had reached a verdict on each of the 30 charges he faced for the April 15 bombing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Tzarnaev was found guilty of all charges against him.

This obviously includes the 17 charges that carry the possibility of death penalty.

Tsarnaev showed little emotion. He fidgeted occasionally. Stared down at the defense table. At one point, however, the defendant wrapped his arms across his chest as if to hold himself. It was a gesture that courtroom observers had not seen before.

Three people died within minutes at the scene of the Boylston Street bombing: Martin Richard (aged 8, of Dorchester), Lu Lingzi (A BU student from China), Krystal Campbell (a local restaurant manager from Medford).

264 were taken to local hospitals, eight with wounds so severe that they required limbs to be amputated.

An MIT police officer, Sean Collier, was killed in a subsequent, related incident.

And Richard Donahue, an MBTA worker, was shot seriously – possibly by friendly fire that raged in the attempt to capture Dzhokhar and his late brother Tamerlan.

After the verdict was concluded, Denise Richard, the mother of 8-year-old Martin, wiped tears from her eyes.

Her husband, Bill, embraced one of the prosecutors after the jury left the courtroom.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement he was thankful this phase of the trial was over.

"The incidents of those days have forever left a mark on our city," Walsh said. "As we remember those who lost so much, we reflect on how tragedy revealed our deepest values, and the best of who we are as a community."

The Charges Against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

Count 1: Death penalty count. Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, resulting in death. Guilty.

Count 2: Death penalty count. Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1, resulting in death; and aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 3: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1 during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; and aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 4: Death penalty count. Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pressure Cooker Bomb #2, resulting in death; and aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 5: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm --Pressure Cooker Bomb #2 during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; and aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 6: Death penalty count. Conspiracy to bomb a place of public use, resulting in death. Guilty.

Count 7: Death penalty count. Bombing of a place of public use, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 8: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1, during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 9: Death penalty count. Bombing of a place of public use, Pressure Cooker Bomb #2, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 10: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Pressure Cooker Bomb #2 during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 11: Conspiracy to maliciously destroy property, resulting in death. Guilty.

Count 12: Death penalty count. Malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 13: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Pressure Cooker Bomb #1, during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 14: Death penalty count. Malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive, Pressure Cooker Bomb #2, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 15: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Pressure Cooker Bomb #2, during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 16: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 17: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 18: Death penalty count. Possession and use of a firearm, Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 19: Carjacking, resulting in serious bodily injury; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 20: Possession and use of a firearm, Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun) during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 21: Interference with commerce by threats and violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 22: Possession and use of a firearm Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 23: Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pressure Cooker Bomb #3, on or about April 19, 2013, in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Dexter Avenue in Watertown; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 24: Possession and use of a firearm, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun and Pressure Cooker Bomb #3, during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 25: Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pipe Bomb #1, on or about April 19, 2013, in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Dexter Avenue in Watertown; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 26: Possession and use of a firearm, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun and Pipe Bomb #1, during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 27: Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pipe Bomb #2 on or about April 19, 2013, in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Dexter Avenue in Watertown; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 28: Possession and use of a firearm, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun and Pipe Bomb #2, during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 29: Use of a weapon of mass destruction, Pipe Bomb #3 on or about April 19, 2013, in the vicinity of Laurel Street and Dexter Avenue in Watertown; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Count 30: Possession and use of a firearm, a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun and Pipe Bomb #3, during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting. Guilty.

Updated: 2:15, p.m.So far, the jury has found Dzhokar Tsarnaev guilty of all charges that carry the death penalty. The process of going through the 30 counts is about midway complete. 11 a.m.: The jury is still out in the trial of accused Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and deliberations could last longer than expected. 
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5:15 am
Wed April 8, 2015

The 30 Charges Against Accused Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Moments after the explosions on Boylston Street. Government Exhibit 1584.

After failing to reach a verdict Tuesday, a jury of 7 women and 5 men today will continue deliberating the fate of accused Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  Tsarnaev faces 30 charges, of which 17 carry the possibility of the death penalty.  

The charges are laid out over 32 pages.  17 capital punishment qualified charges-- counts 1 through 10 and 12 through 18—include the planting of a bomb and the killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier .

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10:26 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Begins Deliberations

In this courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, and defense attorney Judy Clarke are depicted watching evidence displayed on a monitor during his federal death penalty trial Monday, March 9, 2015, in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

Updated, 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, 04/07/2015:

Jurors begin deliberating Tuesday morning in the trial of admitted Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. At issue: whether Tsarnaev's alleged crimes can be understood in isolation — or only in the context of his deceased older brother Tamerlan's influence. 

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4:41 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Report on Watertown Shootout With Marathon Bombers Leave Key Questions Unanswered

After Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fled the scene in the stolen Mercedes, officers rushed to the green Honda and alerted others that there were IEDs on the street.
Credit courtesy of Andrew Kitzenberg

The newly released report confirms an investigation by WGBH into circumstances of the shootout in Watertown and the search for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev over an 18-hour period in which the shelter in place policy was in effect.  WGBH questioned if an already difficult situation for police and citizens was made worse by some law enforcement officials showing up in large numbers on the scene up without being called. 

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3:51 am
Sun April 5, 2015

Human Remains In A Duffle Bag: Suspect Due In Court Monday, Cambridge Probe Continues

A red duffel bag stuffed with body parts was found at 7:45 AM Saturday on this pedestrian path near Biogen—just yards from Cambridge Police headquarters.

Police have a person in custody in connection to the discovery of human remains found in a duffel bag in Kendal Square in Cambridge on Saturday. The suspect is expected to be arraigned Monday in Medford.

Here’s what we know: A red duffel bag stuffed with body parts was found at 7:45 AM on a pedestrian path near Biogen—just yards from Cambridge Police headquarters. 

“It’s a common  walkway that runs between Binney Street and Broadway," said Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert Haas.

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2:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

'Fingerprints Belong to Tamerlan' Says Final Tsarnaev Defense Witness

Twenty-four hours after the Tsarnaev jury was brought to tears by graphic, gruesome testimony describing the injuries to victims Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu, defense lawyers presented witnesses to show that someone other than Dzhokhar Tsarnaev planned this awful deed.   That someone other than Dzhokhar, they argued, was his brother Tamerlan.

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2:38 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Tsarnaev's Defense Team Fighting to Save His Life

Closing arguments in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial will be heard Monday in US District Court.  The defense rested it’s case Tuesday hoping to have planted doubt in jurors’ minds that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was fully complicit.  He is charged with 30 counts and if found guilty he could be sentenced to death based on 17 of them.   

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10:22 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tsarnaev's Lawyers Open Their Defense In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Tamerlan, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Credit FBI

Update, 2 p.m.: The defense has begun presenting its case in the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 

Tsarnaev’s defense team began its case on an odd note Monday —calling Michelle Gamble, the FBI photographer called by the government earlier that day.  Attorney Miriam Conrad asked Gamble about the government’s searches of the Tsarnaev family apartment in Cambridge — and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. But the gist of her questioning was unclear.  The defense’s halting beginning was a stark contrast to the powerful closing testimony the government offered earlier, about the death of eight-year-old Martin Richard. And it suggested that, as this case heads toward its conclusion, the defense may simply not have much to work with.

— Adam Reilly

Update, 11:04 a.m.: As the government prepares to rest its case against admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — jurors are hearing more graphic testimony about the attacks.

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3:42 am
Fri March 27, 2015

'I'm Really Down For That Jihad Life.': So Texted friend of Tsarnaev, Say Feds

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. at his trial.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins sketch

Jurors in the federal death-penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev  have been shown pressure cooker parts, BBs, nails and a piece of hobby fuse that were found in his apartment.

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11:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Tsarnaev Trial Puts Cambridge Rindge & Latin High in National Spotlight

Dzhokhar School Photo, CRL

The Boston Marathon bombing trial has forced us to relive the events that led to the loss of limbs, lives and innocence over five days in April 2013.  The trial has also taken us on a tour of familiar area landmarks, which meanings have been altered by tragedy: The Forum Restaurant, Boston Marathon Sports, the Watertown neighborhood of Dexter and Laurel and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.    

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11:09 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Tsarnaev Defense Accused FBI Of Misleading Computer Testimony In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Some of the evidence presented at the Tsarnaev trial Thursday.
Credit U.S. Justice Department

3:00 p.m.:

The government continued to try to show that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was inspired by a belief in a violent global jihad to set off bombs at the Boston Marathon in April of 2013.

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10:44 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Goal Of Boston Marathon Bombing Prosecutors: Fix Tsarnaev As Al Qaeda Devotee

Some of the evidence presented at the Tsarnaev trial Thursday.
Credit U.S. Justice Department

During the tenth day of the Boston Marathon bombing trial, U.S. Prosecutors on Thursday cited numerous documents, music files and sermons extracted from computers and other devices used by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as evidence of his link to radical Islam.

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9:39 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Tsarnaev's Drug-Dealing Best Friend Lent The Marathon Bomber The Gun Used To Kill Collier

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, and Stephen Silva at their graduation from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.

A man who Tuesday described himself as Dzhokhar  Tsarnaev’s "best friend" took the witness stand in US District court to testify against him on behalf of the prosecution. But his testimony was blasted by the defense, which suggested it was compromised by a deal made with the government 

Stephen Silva said he had known Tsarnaev since 8th grade. The two attended Cambridge Ridge and Latin, smoked dope together, and chased girls – in his word

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10:01 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Tsarnaev Trial Turns To Manhunt

Credit Jane Flavell Collins / AP

As the Boston Marathon bombing trial resumes in U.S. district Court in South Boston Monday, testimony will focus on the shootout and manhunt in Watertown, which left one police officer wounded.

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5:06 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

At Least 3 Reasons Tsarnaev's Defense Was Compromised This Week

Dun Meng testifying at trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Credit Jane Flavell Collins / Associated Press

The Boston Marathon bombing trial continues on Monday.   On Thursday the court heard from a car-jacking victim, and WGBH Radio’s Phillip Martin says his and other testimony this week may have complicated the defense team’s effort to paint Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a reluctant participant in actions planned by his older brother, Tamerlan.  

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3:25 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Recounting The Death Of His 8-Year-Old: Bill Richard Testifies At The Marathon Bombing Trial

Bill Richard was sworn in just a few feet from the man who killed his son.

But not once did he look at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev throughout his half-hour testimony.

Richard said that day in 2013 he and his family, as they often did, went to the Marathon and then took a break for ice cream. They returned to Boylston Street and tried to get close to the finish line. It was in front of the Forum restaurant that the second bomb went off. The courtroom watched that explosion in slow motion.  The time code on the video read 14:50.

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9:15 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Scenes From The Marathon Bombing Trial: Tsarnaev's Guilt Admitted

In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted delivering opening statements in front of U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., on the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

A DRAMATIC ADMISSION

The government in its opening statements described in precise and graphic details the circumstances that left 8 year old Martin Richard bleeding to death on a sidewalk near the Forum restaurant on Boylston. 

Lead prosecutor William Weinreb said that the defendant placed a bomb there and then casually made his way to a Whole Foods in Central Square Cambridge where he picked up a carton of milk . 

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9:27 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Trial Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Begins

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Boston.
Credit Jane Flavell Collins / AP via NPR

Nearly two years ago on Marathon Monday, the second-tier of runners made their way to the finish line, and an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard was cheering them along. His cheers ended abruptly as did those of two other victims, along with 260 injured bystanders and runners in that first chapter of the Marathon bombing. Chapter Two was the manhunt, shootout and capture. Chapter three begins Wednesday: The federal trial of the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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1:12 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Jury Seated In Trial Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, third from right, is depicted with his lawyers and U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

After two intense months of screening, a jury has been seated in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Openings statements will be heard Wednesday. 

Ten women and eight men were selected to decide the fate of Tsarnaev, who is charged with 30 counts, including murder.

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10:50 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Tsarnaev Trial: Last Minute Motions Suggest The Contours Of The Courtroom Drama

With the opening statements expected Wednesday in the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the federal judge in the case heard controversial motions from the defense and the government which reveal the strategic subplots that will factor in the courtroom proceedings to come.

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9:11 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Father To Sue FBI For $30M Over Death Of Ibragim Todashev

Ibragim Todashev
Credit Courtesy photo

The father of Ibragim Todashev has announced plans to file a $30 million lawsuit against the FBI in connection with the fatal shooting of his son.

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2:59 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

With A Venue Change Denied, The Death Penalty Looms Large In Tsarnaev Speculation

In this Jan. 5, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors in a jury assembly room at the federal courthouse, in Boston.
Credit AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins sketch

With the US Appeals court ruling 2 to 1 over the weekend against a request for a change of venue, the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin this Wednesday.

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5:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Tsarnaev Jury Pool: Questioning the Role of Race and the Absence of Diversity

Defense attorneys for alleged Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on Thursday filed new information under seal to bolster their request before the US Appeals Court to move the trial out of Boston.  The defense team also moved to dismiss the 30-count indictment against Tsarnaev and cited the absence of racial diversity of the jury pool and the way it was selected.

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