Status Conference Updates

Good Afternoon, Brothers and Sisters!

I checked my Tumblr dashboard and clicked on one of my followers’ links to their blog ( P.S- If you follow this link or any Tumblr link, beware because non-Christian Tumblr blogs seem to be very worldly in speech, etc.

Here’s what I came across:

United States v. Tsarnaev: Summary of the Fifth Status Conference on June 18, 2014

Today’s hearing began at 10am and lasted just under 40 minutes, which is an about average length from what we’ve seen so far. Judge O’Toole began by ruling on several pending issues before moving on to matters of scheduling. O’Toole still seems very dead-set on keeping the currently set November trial date, though the defense fears they will not have enough time to prepare for that date and will likely file a continuation request before the trial begins.

Pending Motions

SAMs restrictions: Still in place. Additionally, the prosecution can still have FBI agents in the room during the defendant’s visits, but they have to be agents from another district (ergo, no agents on this case or connected to this case get to be in the room.

Public leaks: Judge O’Toole was not impressed with the public leaks (by government officials) seen in this case. He did not decide to impose sanctions – as requested by the defense – as “having a hearing on leaks at this time would simply make matters worse”, but warned that he would not be happy if he saw it again.

“Betrayal of the United States” factor: Judge O’Toole sided strongly with the defense on this matter, striking down “betrayal of the United States” as aggravating factor in favor of the death penalty, citing it as “highly inappropriate” and “obnoxious”.

Suppression motions: Judge ruled that a hearing or ruling on this matter was not necessary at this time because the government does not plan to use the defendant’s hospital statements as part of their core case.

Trial Scheduling

  • The trial will be divided into two phases, the guilt phase and the penalty phase. The same jury will be used for each, although jury members will not be told they are being brought back for the second phase until it happens.
  • In phase 2, the jury will decide between life in prison or death.
  • During the penalty phase, the government plans to show evidence that the defendant “aided and comforted” enemies of the United States.
  • The prosecution and the defense disagree on the timing of expert witness disclosure. The defense wants to disclose guilt phase experts and penalty phase experts separately (citing the 5th Amendment as reasoning for not wanting to disclose penalty phase experts), and the prosecution wants to do it all at once. No final ruling by the judge on this matter as of now.

A sixth status conference has been scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014.

So the good part is that it is the life-in-prison phase OR the death penalty phase- not just the death penalty. Also, some motions seem to have been “struck down” more in Jahar’s favor than the prosecutor’s.

Above all, sisters, remember this: Where there is God, there is hope. Where there is life, there is a Plan! Let’s keep praying and let’s keep in the faith!

Christian love and blessings to you all,


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19 Responses to Status Conference Updates

  1. Bri says:

    I’m very glad about the whole “betrayal of the United States” factor being nixed. The less of an argument the prosecution can make for the death penalty, the better.

    Speaking of, I thought I’d elaborate how this two-part trial works. As mentioned, if the jury in phase one finds Jahar guilty, phase two will happen. The prosecution will argue aggravating factors for why he should receive the death penalty, while the defense will argue mitigating factors for why he shouldn’t. Victims and their family members will testify about how he destroyed their lives and thus why he should get the death penalty. After all of those arguments are over, the jury will decide between the death penalty and life without parole. If even one of the jury members votes against the death penalty, he will receive a life sentence; in other words, a death sentence has to be unanimous.

    Interesting little side note: During jury selection, only those potential jurors who say that they could vote for the death penalty are allowed on the jury. People like me who are staunch opponents of the death penalty would be dropped from consideration.

    • Ada says:

      Then I pray that God will be ready to move that one juror’s heart, should it ever come in need (I hope that it won’t).
      I pray that God will guide the trial! I do not wish our brother to die whether or not he is guilty. In God’s Hands, though.
      By the way, I’m replying to comments WHILE on the stationery bicycle. Yup!

      • Bri says:

        I trust that God has everything in control. It’s entirely possible that somehow Jahar needs to be sentenced to death in order to come to Christ. If so, I beg God to bring that to pass. The thought still breaks my heart, though. Whenever there’s an execution in the United States, even if it’s not an inmate I’ve prayed for extensively, it still saddens me greatly. I can’t even imagine if it’s Jahar on that gurney instead…

      • Bri says:

        I always hate it when I have to erase an inmate’s name from the spreadsheet I update to show who’s assigned to pray for which inmates. Just did it again five minutes or so again because another execution happened a half hour ago (three in two days… sigh). If it’s ever Jahar’s name that I have to erase… </3

      • Ada says:

        Just as God wills…nothing more and nothing less. *sigh* I hope that we won’t have to gather together for Jahar’s last day on earth. I love y’all, but I’d rather not lost our brother (again, as God wills).

      • Bri says:

        I hope we don’t ever have to either. Even if we’ve heard by that point that he’s truly become our brother, I don’t want to lose him. Whenever I read tweets talking about the case that use phrases like “kill Tsarnaev,” I shudder. I want him to be able to live and be an unstoppable force for the Kingdom.

    • Ada says:

      I was relieved about that, too. I’m glad God is working in the trial.

  2. Ada says:

    It has to start with the people but what’s sad is that a lot of people don’t know Christ 😦
    And I don’t think that you’re a dreamer (I’m a dreamer- you’re the speaker of tongues!). Just because you wish something doesn’t mean that you’re a dreamer. Are you a dreamer for hoping for Christ? NO!

  3. Bri says:

    That’s exactly what happened in Missouri with a brother named Jeffrey Ferguson earlier this year (see this post). He became a Christian and was a completely different person. The Jeffrey who murdered long ago was gone. Instead he was a model inmate who loved God and other people and had a huge impact on the prison he was in. But he was denied clemency. His victim’s father, who claims to be a Christian, refused to forgive him and wanted his death so badly. I think that played a huge role in him being denied clemency. I really don’t get the purpose in executing someone like Jeffrey… It simply seems like vengeance.

    • brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

      And it’s what’s likely going to happen to our precious brother Ron. Anyone who interacts with him has got to see that he’s not the same person anymore who committed that crime. He is a completely new creation in Christ….it’s pretty amazing to see actually. So I totally agree – what good does it do to kill someone like that? Other than set them free. Ron could be used to do so much good in this world, and it breaks my heart that we have to kill him….and for what? Vengeance. It’s not going to bring the victim back.

      • Bri says:

        I love how unselfish our brother is. When I ask him for prayer requests, it’s never about him. It’s always about other people like his mom and his nephew. When it is about praying for him, it’s still more so for the benefit of others. He wants a stay so he can donate his organs to his mom. He wants open doors for him to reach others with the Gospel. He even views every day in a non-selfish way. He’s thankful for every day God gives him because he sees it as an opportunity to serve Him longer. LOVE LOVE LOVE that brother so much. I’m not ready to lose him, but I know ultimately that we aren’t losing him. He’s being granted his freedom, and he’s going to meet the Savior whom he loves and who loves him dearly. And one day, we’ll get to meet our brother as well because he has eternal LIFE in Christ.

    • Bri says:

      “I think the US leads the pack in being vengeful but most don’t admit that! We think we are sooooo much more civilized than other countries.”

      Countries with the most executions in 2013:
      1. China
      2. Iran
      3. Iraq
      4. Saudi Arabia
      5. USA

      You should NEVER want to be on a list with those countries. We would consider those countries to be huge violators of human rights. Yet we think we’re just fine here in America with the way we treat people.

  4. brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

    Speaking of the SAMs – considering they are trying to keep anyone and everyone away from Jahar and he has very little human interaction………every day I pray that if there is a Christian guard, lawyer, or doctor/nurse that DOES have access to him that God would weigh it on their hearts to share the Gospel with him. I know he can’t interact with other inmates…..but every single day when I pray this, I always accidentally say “Christian inmate” and then correct myself……….but maybe God is trying to tell me something? He does specialize in the impossible after all.

    • Bri says:

      You never know. After all, even in the highest security prison in the country inmates apparently at one time at least found a way to talk to one another:

      “Yousef made frequent, unsuccessful attempts to convert the American Timothy McVeigh, convicted of bombing the Oklahoma City Bombing, to Islam when sharing the same cell in ‘Bomber’s Row.'”

      Yousef there being Ramzi Yousef, one of the perpetrators of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing (who interestingly enough now claims to be a Christian but no one really believes him so who knows) and the prison being ADX Florence AKA “the Supermax” (which is almost certainly where Jahar would go if given a life sentence).

      Rereading that quote up there, I’m slightly confused, though, as I’m pretty sure these guys are kept in solitary confinement. They’d never let two terrorists share a cell in the Supermax… maybe it just meant to say that they’re on the same cellblock.

      And now I’m tearing up reading about the Supermax and thinking about Jahar possibly going there. 😦

    • Ada says:

      “He does specialize in the impossible after all.” That is so true! There’s so many “impossible” things that He’s done in Jahar’s life that I don’t see how it is hard for God to convict a Christian guard to testify to Jahar, etc. Nope, not at all possible!

      • brokenheart4whatbreakshis says:

        Well the Christian guard thing isn’t that impossible…’s more the Christian inmate thing that is impossible. But He can do it if He wills!

      • Ada says:

        Either one! Can you imagine what will be revealed to us when we are received to Heaven? So many “impossible” events in Jahar’s life (and in ours) then made known to us? WOW!

      • Bri says:

        The Christian guard could probably lose his job if someone found out, though. So while not impossible, it’s difficult because it would require a guard to feel so burdened for Jahar that he’d see Jahar’s salvation as more important than keeping his job.

  5. Ada says:

    Above all, believe in God’s power- that’s a good attitude, Lynn.

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