A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a naive college kid who was prosecuted because he was a “friend of the bomber,” a defense lawyer said Wednesday, while prosecutors told a jury the man was an active participant in a plan to protect Tsarnaev by removing altered fireworks and other items from his dorm room.
It’s now up to a federal jury to decide a case that has focused attention on the patronage culture in state government in Massachusetts.
O’Brien, William Burke and Elizabeth Tavares are accused of trying to curry favor with powerful lawmakers by funneling jobs to politically connected applicants at the expense of more qualified candidates.
A man from Ecuador accused of dragging a Milford motorcyclist to his death under his pickup truck was found not guilty Monday of second-degree murder but will serve 12-to-14 years in prison on motor vehicle manslaughter and homicide charges.
Three college friends of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect will be tried separately, but those trials do not need to be moved out of Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Former commissioner John O’Brien and deputies Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke are charged with rigging the agency’s hiring apparatus to secure jobs for people who had been recommended by powerful state legislators
As the U.S. attorney’s office prepares to bring three Massachusetts probation officials to trial on charges they rigged the department’s hiring process to favor politically connected candidates over more qualified ones, the challenge may well be to convince a jury the scheme went beyond routine political patronage and broke the law.
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say federal prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to use his status as a new American citizen to argue that his alleged “betrayal” of the United States is one reason he should be put to death.
The judge in the trial of former Massachusetts Probation Department commissioner John O’Brien has recused himself.
An Irish nanny charged with murder in the death of a 1-year-old Massachusetts girl is returning to court so her attorney and prosecutors can brief the judge on their trial preparations.