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Major devlopments in Boston bombing, Arias, Ferguson cases

Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 01:22

Several high-profile stories see major developments in this week's crime news round-up. Justin Mitchell reports.

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Major developments in high-profile cases lead this week's crime news. First, the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev began -- with Tsarnaev's lawyers admitting from the outset their client and his brother, Tamerlan -- who was killed by police during a firefight -- did commit the crime. But they lay most of the blame on Tamerlan -- saying their client merely followed his older brother. (SOUNDBITE) ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE SHERRY K. STEPHENS SAYING "All right, at this time, the court is declaring a mistrial." Jody Arias escapes the death penalty for killing her ex-boyfriend. A jury unable to agree on a sentence, meaning Arias will be sentenced to either life in prison or life with the possibility of parole in 25 years. She was found guilty of killing Travis Alexander in 2013. The Justice Department releases a scathing report on the Ferguson Police Department about seven months after Officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown. (SOUNDBITE) ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER SAYING This investigation found a community that was deeply polarized; a community where deep distrust and hostility often characterized interactions between police and area residents. The report accuses the department of using citations to generate revenue from the city and targeting the city's poor and African American populations...and the report gets the support of President Barack Obama.

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Major devlopments in Boston bombing, Arias, Ferguson cases

Saturday, March 07, 2015 - 01:22