Week One at the Boston Bombing Trial

from Russ Baker @whowhaywhy.com

On Monday: Tsarnaev Loses Bid to Move Trial; Dissenting Judge Excoriates Majority
By The WhoWhatWhy Team
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev unsurprisingly lost his second appellate bid to move his trial by a vote of 2-1. But dissenting Judge Juan R. Torruella issued a scathing opinion, arguing that the refusal by both the trial and appeals courts to move the case were abuses of discretion. Further, he argued that if Tsarnaev’s case couldn’t prove overwhelming pretrial prejudice, no case could. Read on for more highlights from the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals opinion.

On Tuesday: FBI’s ‘Smoking Gun’ Video of Boston Marathon Bombing Doesn’t Exist
By Lara Turner
Right up until the opening of Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, rumors about the existence of a video showing him dropping a bomb-laden backpack at the scene persisted. Now, the evidence is in – the video doesn’t exist. Lara Turner reports.

On Wednesday: Clinton’s Clever Calculation: Private Emailgate is the Lesser of Two Evils
By Klaus Marre
Why did former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, one of the most scrutinized people in the world, choose to do something her many enemies would be sure to pounce on the moment it was revealed? Klaus Marre analyzes the latest

Also on Wednesday: WhoWhatWhy Live from the Opening of the Boston Bombing Trial
By The WhoWhatWhy Team
WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Andy Thibault are tweeting live from the opening of the trial of accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tune in for real-time updates and analysis from inside the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston.

On Thursday: WhoWhatWhy Live: Boston Bombing Victims, the FBI Video and Black Backpacks
By The WhoWhatWhy Team
The prosecution presents marathon bombing victims, the FBI testifies about a still-unseen “smoking gun” video, and the case of the black backpacks arises again. WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker reports live from the federal courthouse in Boston.

Also on Thursday: Colluders in Crude: The Oily Politics of How the Obama Administration Sided with BP Over the American People
By Stuart H. Smith
“I am a first-hand witness to the Obama administration’s complicity in putting the interests of a foreign company above and beyond the health and safety of American workers.” Environmental plaintiff attorney Stuart H. Smith, who represented thousands of clients against BP, reveals just how much the administration knew—and tried to cover up—after the largest marine oil spill in history.

On Friday: RadioWHO Ep. 5: Many Prisoners Say They’re Innocent. Some Truly Are.
By Jeff Schechtman
Many prisoners say “I’m innocent,” but some really are. Every year hundreds of men and women are incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. Tune in for RadioWHO host Jeff Schechtman’s conversation with authors Nikki Pope and Courtney Lance, who’ve spent years dedicated to the cause of the wrongly convicted.