Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is shown in a courtroom sketch on the first day of jury selection at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 5, 2015.

Massachusetts isn’t OK with the death penalty, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s jurors had to be


The state of Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty, and most of the state’s residents are against it. But for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the jurors who decided his fate in a federal trial had to allow for that possibility.

A protester in Oakland, California, on  December 3, 2014, wears a sign during a demonstration against the decision by a New York City grand jury not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner.

England abolished grand juries decades ago because they didn’t work


Smart phones in courtrooms


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The World

Tarek Mehanna Found Guilty

Conflict & Justice

Jury Convicts ‘Lord of War’

A US jury convicts former Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, with the former Russian Air Force officer’s attorneys saying they will appeal.

Italians React to the Release of Amanda Knox

The overturned verdict continues to divide public opinion in Italy.

The World

How race affects a jury: latest in BART shooting case surprises activists

Conflict & Justice

Jury selection is complete in the murder case against former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle against an unarmed passenger, Oscar Grant, in 2009; but, while the case is moving forward, many activists are concerned about the jury’s racial make-up.

The World

Googling justice

Global Politics

The use of BlackBerrys and iPhones by jurors serving on legal cases is wreaking havoc on trials around the country. The Takeaway talks to John Schwartz about whether trials need to change or whether technology will change trials.

The World

Immigrants convicted in Ft. Dix case

Jurors have found five Muslim immigrants guilty of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers.