Let’s start off with a little word association…
“Boston Marathon bomber”
“On the cover of Rolling Stone”
“Younger brother of Tamerlan Tsarnaev”
That would likely exhaust the printable responses you’d get from anyone who has relied on the mainstream media coverage for their information about the case. And it would likely be the sum total of responses you’d get from those who did not follow every day of his trial on Twitter.
“Oh – Pulse nightclub shooting – right?”
“Oh – wife of Omar Mateen. Wasn’t he the shooter?”
“Oh – found innocent”
“Oh – her. Yeah, pretty lady. Isn’t her husband dead?”
FIRST DIFFERENCE: AMOUNT OF MEDIA COVERAGE
Boston Marathon bombing coverage:
Wall-to-wall, 24/7. Press conferences ad nauseum. A documentary by National Geographic was made about the crime and aired on primetime television before one fact of it was even proven in a court of law. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s picture was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, sparking a knee jerk outrage in many who never bothered to crack the cover and read about a smart, kind, well-behaved Americanized kid struggling to survive as the youngest member of a badly dysfunctional, financially-challenged family that emmigrated here from another country.
Pulse nightclub shooting coverage:
I live in the city where this event happened and believe me, it did not compare to the hysteria that surrounded Boston. Not even close. For one thing, all the victims were members of the LGBT community and many in Orlando had no personal connection to them. Orlando was being touted as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history but by the time Pulse happened, many saw it as just another false flag and paid it little attention.
SECOND DIFFERENCE: CARING AND COMPETENT LAWYERS
Nope. Not one. They were government-appointed attorneys that Dzhokhar did not want representing him. And they did the government’s bidding from start to finish. So did the judge. The poor kid didn’t stand a chance. The outcome, his conviction, was a foregone conclusion. Even though he pleaded “not guilty.” Even before Judy Clarke said “It was him” in her opening statement.
Yes. Three of them. None of them government-appointed. One practices law right here in Orlando. He took the case despite significant community emotion that grew over time against his client. That says something about him – at least to me. And he maintained sympathy and sensitivity toward the loved ones of the victims while pulling out all the stops to prove his client knew nothing ahead of time what would happen to cause their grief and loss.
The Orlando-based attorney on her legal team was interviewed after the trial. He said the team had some sleepless nights. They were worried they might miss something, fail to raise an argument, and their client, who they knew to be innocent, would spend the rest of her life in prison. How, he wondered, could they live with that if it happened?
That’s how you want the attorney defending you to feel. That’s how much you want them to care. That’s the kind of attorney you want your family to hire to defend you if you can’t hire them yourself.
Noor Salman’s family hired three of them.
THIRD DIFFERENCE: FAMILY SUPPORT
Fact #1: Family support is important. Loving, supportive family can get you through anything.
Fact #2: Its hard to say how family members will react when being threatened.
Fact #3: Hindsight’s 20/20.
Years ago, when I was considering moving to the mountains, I began to research the topic of bears, specifically staying safe from them in an attack. Turns out, your best response depends on what type of bear is attacking you. If its a grizzley, you protect your neck and play dead. However, if a black bear attacks you, you fight – hard – with all you’ve got.
So let’s set the scene: You’ve already lost one son. They tried to murder your other son but failed and now this son sits in the belly of the beast. You know both your sons are innocent.
So do they.
Your only remaining son keeps wisely refusing the government-appointed attorneys trying to meet with him in order to represent him. Now these same attorneys are sitting in your living room sipping tea and trying to enlist your help in changing that.
You want to hire independent counsel. They tell you why that would not be a good idea.
This is a black bear attack and fear-based action is your worst enemy.
They tell you government agents and government lawyers will obstruct any independent counsel. They warn you to stop saying publicly that Dzhokhar is innocent and if you don’t, life for him in prison will be much more difficult.
Days later, an independent investigator who travels to Russia with those government-appointed attorneys meets with other of Dzhokhar’s family members. According to an affidavit provided by a family member present at the meeting, this investigator says “the federal public defender’s office in Boston knows that Dzhokhar is not guilty as charged and that their office is under enormous pressure from law enforcement agencies and high levels of the government of the United States not to resist conviction.”
I honestly don’t know how anyone can read this and not feel alarm. If you don’t see how totally in lock-step with the government these defense lawyers were, well , I just can’t imagine what you are still basing that belief on.
That must have been some letter Dzhokhar’s mom wrote to him, urging him to accept help from the same government prosecuting him. Her decision to do that boggles my mind. Dzhokhar’s decision to follow her advice, against his own better judgment, breaks my heart.
Hiring independent counsel resulted in a real trial. A real trial resulted in acquittal. Defendant 1, black bear 0.
As long as you accept the government’s conclusion that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother bombed the Boston Marathon, you turn a blind eye to blatant government corruption and the possibility, nay the probability, remains that this will happen to another family.
One day it may be yours.
As long as I am able, I will use this blog to speak out in defense of Dzhokhar no matter who maligns me. I trust in the One I get my marching orders from: the One who knows the end from the beginning.
For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight. Psalm 72: 12-14
How He does it, who He uses to accomplish His purpose to free Dzhokhar remains to be seen. But see it we will. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be acquitted. He will go free. I remain convinced of it.
I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. Acts 20: 29-31
Sadly, not much has changed in man’s behavior in the last 2000 years…
I recently took specific action to reach out to the Orlando-based attorney for Noor Salman, delivering a packet of documents to his office that I felt led of the Lord to include, in an attempt to interest him in Dzhokhar’s case.
I was shocked at the response and behavior this decision provoked in a self-proclaimed Dzhokhar supporter.
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers… Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. 2 Timothy 3:1-2, 8-9
Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 2 Timothy 4:14
On May 28, 2015 I published a blog post I titled “David, Goliath and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev” in which I said:
“Because of all I have been through and how it has shaped me, I am unafraid to stand up in support of you (Dzhokhar) and advocate on your behalf.”
That statement is still true three years later.
I made the unfortunate decision to share my plan of action with another supporter who turned on me with a vengeance when it became clear I did not need or want their help. The name-calling and character questioning that followed was intense and caught me totally by surprise. Persons I know to be loyal to the cause of helping Dzhokhar were also maligned. Attempts were made to turn me against people I have trusted.
I have not responded to this individual until now.
From this point forward, any action I take to assist Dzhokhar will be shared with no one. You only have yourself to thank.
The apostle Paul named names. I have not done so, but the possibility remains if you bother me any further.