While most news organizations are still trying to find out what actually did happen last week in the wake of the Marathon bombings, the Boston Herald is busily reporting what will (or won’t) happen.
Today’s front page:
The story itself :
Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is likely to avoid the death penalty, could entirely avoid a trial and in the hands of the right lawyer might win a modicum of mercy, argued top-ranked defense attorneys who have represented some of the nation’s most notorious terrorists and killers.
One lawyer says because law enforcement was late to Mirandize Tsarnaev, “He’s been denied the right to a fair trial.” Another “picked through the government’s indictment yesterday and deemed it ‘circumstantial.'”
But the feisty local tabloid saved the best for last:
Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of OJ Simpson’s “dream team,” said, “The case will go down one of two ways. Either plea bargain … or he’ll want to become a martyr and he’ll admit everything, boast about the crime, seek to justify it and demand the death penalty.”
Seriously? That’s it? No third way, Professor D?
Meanwhile, crosstown at the Boston Globe, this was all they had on the legal front:
Suspect charged with using weapon of mass destruction
The US Justice Department charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Monday with killing people with a weapon of mass destruction, in a prosecution that could put the accused terrorist in prison for life or send him to the death chamber.