Meet attorney representing Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Attorney Judy Clarke is a death penalty specialist.

Defense attorney for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has represented some of America’s most hated mass murderers.  It seems only fitting with her client list that Judy Clarke would take Tsarnaev on as a client.

Tsarnaev has admitted to FBI interrogators that he and his now deceased brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev were responsible.  The first charges have been filed against him and it is expected that the US Attorney will seek the death penalty.

While it unusual for Judy Clark to speak to the press as she rarely gives interviews, on Friday she discussed her death penalty defenses at LA’s Loyola Law School.  “Most have suffered from serious severe trauma, unbelievable trauma.”

“We know that from brain research. Many suffer from severe cognitive development issues that affect the core of their being.”

“I got a dose of understanding human behavior and I learned what the death penalty does to us. I don’t think it is a secret that I oppose the death penalty. We should enjoy the opportunity to step into their lives. It can be chaotic, but it’s a privilege to be there as a lawyer.”

Judy Clarke’s client list is full of vile, hated murderers.  Their trials were all death penalty cases and she was able to get them life in prison instead of the death penalty. She has represented:

  • Susan Smith who drowned her two little boys
  • Unibomber Teddy Kaczynski who killed three people and wounded 23 with his bombs
  • Eric Rudolph the anti-abortion terrorist bomber who killed two people and injured 150
  • Jared Loughner who is the Tucson shooter who pleaded guilty to 19 counts of murder


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