The shocking image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving a camera the bird may just be the proverbial last straw that jurors need to push for the death penalty. His defense attorneys, however, say the photo of the convicted terrorist was taken out of context. Either way, his blatant disrespect is heinous, just like his horrific crimes:
Prosecutors showed the never-before-seen image of the terrorist in court on Tuesday, during their opening statements, but it wasn’t released to the public until Wednesday when it was entered into evidence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadine Pellegrini said the striking image was Tsaranev’s ‘message to America’ and evidence that he is unrepentant for the crime and therefore deserving of the death penalty.
Over the next several weeks, jurors in the case will be hearing more testimonies from victims and family members impacted by the attack that killed three and injured more than 250 as they decide whether to sentence 21-year-old Tsarnaev to life in prison or the death penalty.
The release of the image on Wednesday was certainly a battle lost for defense attorneys who have been trying to paint Tsarnaev as a secondary player in the attacks, which they say were masterminded by his extremist older brother Tamerlan.
In the picture, Tsaranev wears an orange jumpsuit and puts on a cocky image, offensively flipping off a video camera and puckering his lips in his cell on the day of his arraignment.
Clearly upset with the use of the picture, defense attorney Miriam Conrad fought to have the full clip of Tsarnaev’s stay in a federal courthouse jail cell played for the court on Wednesday to show the full context the still was taken from.
The video, was taken in July 2013, just three months after Tsarnaev’s arrest, when he was taken to Boston federal court for his first court appearance. This jerk deserves all he has coming to him, though. I could give a shit about his middle finger – he deserves to fry for all the lives he took. Burn in hell, asshole.
H/T: Daily Mail