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Tweeting the Boston Marathon sentencing: ‘Zero emotion’ from Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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A courtroom sketch from March shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, second from left, with defense attorneys, from left, William Fick, Judy Clarke and David Bruck.

(Jane Flavell Collins / Associated Press)

On the the third day of deliberations, a federal jury in Boston sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. Tsarnaev was convicted last month for his role in the 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon.

Times reporter Richard Serrano live tweeted from the courtroom, where he reported Tsarnaev “showed NO emotion all. Even for nearly a half hour standing and hearing the clerk read the form and the announcement of death.”

Here’s his account of the reading of the verdict:

ALERT: #Tsarnaev jury verdict. Will be read at 3 pm Boson time.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015
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#Tsarnaev Govt and defense lawyers beginning to assemble in courtroom. Waiting for the jury to appear with the verdict form -- Death or life— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev jury deliberated 15 hours over portions of 3 days. Sentencing verdict coming up— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev court clerk warning against any outbursts or demonstrations, they will be treated “severely."— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev now in the courtroom. Head bowed. Dark jacket, Cracking his knuckles again.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

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Courtroom in #Tsarnaev is painfully silent. Not a whisper. Still waiting on jury and judge.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev prosecutors are staring straight ahead. Not even flinching. The wait must be unbearable now,. For 2 years they’ve wanted this.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev. Here comes the judge. And the jury. All rise, defendant too. His hands crossed in front of him. Now they sit.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev stands back up. with his lawyers. jury forewoman hands verdict to judge. He’s reading it. you can hear him turning the pages— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev judge hands the verdict form to clerk. He will read the sentence for the 21 yo Russian immigrant. Only two options: Death or life— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev verdict being reading over the charges first. Form is 24 pages long. Defendant still standing there. hands crossed at his waist— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#TSarnaev Clerk drones on. 30 charges over 24 pages. the last page will be the sentence. Remember, even if life, NO parole— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev is still showing zero emotion. head cocked down a bit. pretending to pay attention at best.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015
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#Tsarnaev lawyers look glum. prosecutors too. The agony of waiting for that last page and the punishmen for the Boston Marathon bombings...— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev U.S. marshals have moved into place around the defendant, two on his side, two behind him, all a lot bigger than he is.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev Clerk still reading. page after page. Lead Prosecutor Weinreb sitting like a statue— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev jury looking away from defendant. who knows what that means?— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev clerk getting closer to the last page. Jury already found him guilty on all capital counts. but that doesnt necessarily mean death— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev clerk now reading mitigating factors. but only 3 jurors said he was controlled by other brother. not good for a life setence.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev. almost here. the sentence is moments away now.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev now hardly moving on his feet, no longer swaying. the jury has rejected most of the other mitigating factors. Not good for him— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015
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The jury sentences Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev, 21, a Russian immigrant, the only surviving Boston Marathon bomber, to... DEATH— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

Defense in #Tsarnaev asks the jurors to be independently polled as to verdict. All say they agree.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev showed NO emotion all. Even for nearly a half hour standing and hearing the clerk read the form and the announcement of death.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev judge: “This case aroused powerful emotions."— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev judge now thanking lawyers too in “a difficult case under intense scrutiny."— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015

#Tsarnaev will be shipped to federal death row in Indiana. Barring appeals, he will die there.— Rick Serrano (@RickSerranoLAT) May 15, 2015


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