19-year-old Dzokhar Tsarnaev arrived at federal court in Boston this morning amid tight security – bomb-sniffing dogs, armed officers, even divers in Boston Harbor.
The Boston Marathon bombing suspect currently faces the death penalty or life imprisonment for his alleged role in the April 15th pressure-cooker blasts that left three dead and hundreds injured.
Liz Norden is the mother of two sons who lost parts of their legs in the blasts. She thinks that either sentence would be punishment for Tsarnaev.
“Death penalty or if he spent the rest of his life in jail, either way, you know it's going to be a miserable life for him,” she said.
D.C. summer intern Jamie Hoagland wished he could be there at court – he was at the marathon and saw the carnage.
“People were injured from the waist down, and there was blood on the streets,” he described.
Yet, Hoagland actually does not want to see Tsarnaev get the death penalty.
“I don't think he should,” he said. “He's a young kid. I've got friends at Tufts that wrestled against him. He's just a terribly, terribly misguided young man.”
The FBI never told Boston authorities about possible concerns regarding the Tsarnaev brothers. And at a House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Boston’s Police Commissioner Ed Davis urged better communication:
“There should be a mandate somewhere that the federal authorities have to share that with us, so that we can properly defend our community,” he said.