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5/16/2013 (11 months ago)

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Tsarnev wrote the note as he expected to die.

It has just been made public that surviving Boston terrorist Dzhokar Tsarnev, scrawled a note on the wall of the boat where he was hiding as he lay bleeding, expecting to die. Prosecutors say the note reveals his motive and expect it will become a vital piece of evidence that will aid in the case against him.

Equally culpable. Note scrawled by Tsarnev reveals he was not merely an impressionable follower.

Equally culpable. Note scrawled by Tsarnev reveals he was not merely an impressionable follower.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/16/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Tsarnev, Boston, bombing, Marathon, note, motive, prosecution


BOSTON, MA (Catholic Online) - A note revealing the motive and hopes of Dzhokar Tsarnev was found scrawled on the inside wall of the boat in which he sought refuge while he waited to die. Tsarnev was wounded during his running gun battle with police as he sought to escape arrest for his bombing of the Boston Marathon.

The note, although partially damaged by the more than 100 rounds fired into the wall of the boat by police, is clearly readable and says, "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims."

According to authorities, the note explains that the bombings were retaliation for civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the note, Tsarnev referred to the victims of his bombings as "collateral damage."

The note also explains that Tsarnev did not mourn his older brother Tamarlan, since he was now a martyr in paradise and that he expected to join him soon.

The note is damning evidence. Although authorities have had little doubt as to Tsarnev's guilt, the media has speculated that because of his age, he may have been led astray by his brother and was only a follower. Such a fact might have reduced the intensity of his prosecution.

However, the note reveals in his own handwriting that Tsarnev was absolutely an enthusiastic participant equally culpable as his brother, and not a mere follower.

Legal analysts say the note will be admissible in court. It will combine with his earlier testimony, provided before he was mirandized, to build the case against him. Even if the pre-miranda testimony is somehow suppressed at trial, his note will likely prove sufficient to condemn him.

For now, prosecutors are building their case against Tsarnev which should be easy to prove, but requires extensive preparation because of its complex nature. It is likely that Tsarnev will face the death penalty for his terrorist activities.

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