Admitting Tsarnaev’s Guilt In Bombing Called Psychologically-Astute Move


The admission by Judy Clarke, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorney in the Boston Marathon bombing case, that he was responsible seems to be part of a psychologically-astute strategy that is sometimes used when defendants face overwhelming evidence against them, and they face the death penalty, says the Boston Globe. In such cases, the defendant is advised not to plead guilty because that removes many legal options for appeals. Allowing jurors to reach a verdict provides them with the cathartic opportunity to convict a heinous criminal, but still show compassion during the second stage of the trial when jurors must decide on a sentence.

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