Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers are doing somersaults and firing flares, trying to call attention to the fact that almost 58 percent of people they polled in Boston think their client, the accused Marathon bomber, is guilty.
Call me Pollyanna, but I’m shocked they were able to find the 42 percent who don’t think he’s guilty.
Stephen Jones is surprised, too, and his opinion matters a lot more than mine, because his experience as the lawyer for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is cited by Tsarnaev’s lawyers in their motion aimed at persuading US District Court Judge George O’Toole to move Tsarnaev’s trial from Boston to Washington.
When I told Jones that 58 percent of Bostonians think Tsarnaev is definitely guilty, he was surprised it wasn’t higher.
Jones didn’t poll after his client was charged with blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 168 people, including 19 children, but if he had to guess, he believes few people in and around Oklahoma City hadn’t decided before trial that McVeigh was definitely guilty.
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