Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer is set to be sentenced on drug and gun charges.


A judge is set to hear arguments on Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's  request for a new trial this week.

5/18/15 Panel

May 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Key Iraqi City Falls To ISIS; Marco Rubio on Iraq; Jeb Bush on Same-Sex Marriage; Biker Gang Shooting; Boston Bomber Death Penalty.

  On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts.

Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven’t learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?

Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talents to tell the full story.


The defense team for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began a two-week campaign in court yesterday to avoid the death penalty. We have an expert on the topic in the studio with us today—Professor James Acker of UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice is here to discuss the Tsarnaev case and to answer your questions.

4/23/15 Panel

Apr 23, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Scheduled topics include Tsarnaev’s Obscene Gesture; VA Scandal Update; Migrant EU Summit; airstrikes in Yemen.

Listener Essay - Wrestling Dzhokhar

Apr 22, 2015

  Aliza Ansell lives in Cummington, MA with her partner and two huge dogs, Yoyo and Tashy. She is an avid trail runner and recently completed her second half marathon. When she retires, she hopes to travel the country writing non-fiction and poetry.

4/9/15 Panel

Apr 9, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and Kingston Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Scheduled topics include Boston Marathon Bombing verdict; Body cameras come to North Charleston PD; Indictments coming in George Washington Bridge scandal?; Wisconsin Chief Justice files suit to hold onto job.


Now that a jury has convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the same 12 people will decide whether he lives or dies.

3/24/15 Panel

Mar 24, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include: Netanyahu apologizes for comments about Israeli Arabs, Police Find No Evidence of Rape at UVA Fraternity, Utah Firing Squads, Philly Police Justice Dept. Report, Boston Marathon Bomber Poll.


Two dramatically different portraits of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are expected to emerge when prosecutors and Tsarnaev's lawyers give their opening statements at his federal death penalty trial.

A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, prosecutors say they have a trove of evidence to use against suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

US Prosecutors Seek Execution Of Marathon Suspect

Jan 31, 2014

Federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The final decision was made by Attorney General Eric Holder and was announced Thursday. The twin blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260 in one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the U.S since 9/11.

Death Penalty Decision Imminent In Boston Bombing

Jan 30, 2014

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

In the next day or two, Holder will make the most high-profile death penalty decision of his career in law enforcement: whether to seek capital punishment in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings. Three people were killed and 260 were injured in the bombing last April.

Marathon Suspect's Friends Deny Obstruction Charge

Aug 14, 2013
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Two friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect have pleaded not guilty to disposing of evidence from his college dorm room.

Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov were arraigned Tuesday in federal court on charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Prosecutors say they tried to thwart the investigations of the deadly April explosions by throwing away fireworks and other items they found in the dorm room of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the day before his capture.

Authorities found the fireworks in a New Bedford landfill.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Jul 11, 2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts including use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

He entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

For the first one, he leaned toward a microphone and said, "Not guilty," in a Russian accent. He then said not guilty repeatedly about a half-dozen more times.

His sister sobbed loudly as he left the courtroom. He looked over and made a kiss motion with his mouth to his family.

Alleged Bomber Heads For 1st Public Court Hearing

Jul 10, 2013

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's arraignment will be held Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. The 19-year-old has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.

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James Brooke will come home to the Berkshires this week. A native of Lenox, who attended Berkshire Country Day School and Yale University, has been a lifelong foreign correspondent, most recently covering Russia and the former Soviet Union for the Voice of America. 

James Brooke will be at the Lenox Library tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. for a free lecture on how Russia views the Boston Marathon, now that one Tsarnaev brother is dead, and another is in custody. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth has suspended one student charged in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings and says the other two aren't enrolled.

The university said Wednesday that Azamat Tazhayakov has been suspended "pending the outcome of the case." He and Dias Kadyrbayev were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice.

Robel Phillipos was charged with making false statements. The university says Kadyrbayev and Phillipos aren't enrolled.


Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal officials yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction and more charges lay ahead as Massachusetts prosecutors expect to charge him separately in the killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was shot in his cruiser Thursday night on the school's campus in Cambridge.


BOSTON (AP) — A court official says the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is facing federal charges and has made an initial court appearance in his hospital room.