Boston Marathon Case

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Thousands of friends, family and fans gather each with pride, happiness, and their cameras to capture the exciting moments of the bright and sunny April afternoon of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Their excitement is booming through the elated crowd and spreading like a wildfire. Sweat and tears are flying from exhausted runners and their long 26.2 mile journey to the finish. Everyone is so caught up in the moment, how could anything possibly go wrong? Needless to say, the detonation of two bombs was the last thing that would cross anyone’s mind until suddenly, it was the only thing on everyone’s mind. Two homemade pressure cookers are set off just 12 seconds apart and less than 100 yards from each other and in the blink of an eye an exciting day …show more content…
The streets surrounding the course of the marathon were lined with stores, restaurants and photo/video-taking bystanders, allowing opportunities for devastating actions to be captured, making the lawyers’ lives slightly easier. In this case specifically, there was tension between the amount and intensity of the evidence used. One of the main types of visual evidence used was video security footage of the bombers and the bombing itself from the businesses by the sites of detonation. In these, it is easily depicted that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar communicated on the phone moments before dropping backpacks and leaving the scene. Rather than the events being explained step-by-step audibly, the jury would benefit more from videos of the actions because they’re both interesting and attention-grabbing. Photographs were also critical pieces of evidence used in the trial as they give a visual representation without the jury having to be lectured to. An important set of photos was of a message Dzhokhar had written in the boat that he had hidden in prior to his capture. These were used as clue to his incentive for carrying out the actions he performed in addition to confirming his faith to Allah, proving these were actions of terrorism. As discussed in “Lawyers Cater to Jurors’ Demand for Visual Evidence,” too many visuals can be harmful to the case. Since over 250 people were injured in the bombing, there was a plethora of gruesome photographs ranging from people missing limbs to children covered in blood to extreme compound fractures with mangled flesh hanging off bodies. Because the prosecution knew the jury couldn’t ignore such photos, they presented so many that it started to make the trial unfair. The jury is supposed to decide based on logic and evidence, not emotion and sympathy. These horrific images did exactly that; people were becoming

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