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What we want from the Marathon bombing trial

Boston expects a lot from the Tsarnaev prosecution. If things go right, we won’t get it all.

WITH CHARGES NOW formally filed by the Justice Department against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, the city and the nation as a whole have entered a new phase of recovery.

What happened on Boylston Street on April 15 was not an ordinary crime. Beyond the three people killed, and the more than 200 wounded, the bombing felt like—and, evidently, was intended as—an attack on a whole society. We all feel a stake in the case, and rightly so. What the perpetrators did was meant to make all of us feel under threat.

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