Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty. According to Islamic texts and teachings, he's not. "Jihad is the way."
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty The Boston Globe
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, made his first public appearance since the April attack Wednesday in a federal court room and pleaded not guilty to a sweeping terrorism indictment that carries the possibility of the death penalty.
With 30 bombing victims in the courtroom, some wearing the Boston Marathon gear, Tsarnaev entered “not guilty” pleas in a thick accent seven times to groups of charges including using a weapon of mass destruction.
His attorney, Judy Clarke, sought to enter the pleas on his behalf, but US Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler ordered Tsarnaev to answer himself. The judge also indicated that any victims had the opportunity to speak at the brief hearing, but no one did.
Seeming indifferent to the proceedings, Tsarnaev wore an orange prison jumpsuit with the top unbuttoned, and a black T-shirt underneath. His hair was shaggy, consistent with the photos that were released at the time of the bombings, and he wore a soft cast on his left hand. His face appeared distorted at times as he fidgeted in his seat, and he licked his lips several times.
Assistant US attorney William Weinreb read the charges out loud, saying “The maximum penalty is up to life in prison or the death penalty.”
The arraignment, which lasted 7 minutes, closed a chaotic day at the courthouse in which scores of people rushed for a glimpse of the teenaged suspect.
Tsarnaev had been escorted earlier Wednesday by a Humvee filled with heavily armed law enforcement officers, a white prisoner van carrying Tsarnaev roared into US District Court in Boston today, rushing past about a dozen people who shouted encouragement to the alleged Islamic terrorist.
Some of the supporters started chanting — “Justice for Dzhokhar’’ and “Give him his freedom back’’ — as the motorcade took Tsarnaev into the Joseph Moakley courthouse where he is scheduled to be arraigned on 30 federal charges, 17 of which could bring the death penalty.