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Boston Marathon bombing suspect's lawyer: 'It was him'

Boston Marathon bombing suspect's lawyer: 'It was him'

The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It's whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation's biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev's own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime. "It WAS him," said defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty specialists. But in a strategy aimed at saving Tsarnaev from a death sentence, she argued that he had fallen under the malevolent influence of his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan. "The evidence will not...

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