BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING TRIAL
Jury deliberations: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate is now in the hands of the jury. The defense and prosecution made their closing arguments yesterday; the jury is set to begin deliberations today. Tsarnaev faces 30 counts, including many punishable by death. If he is found guilty of any of the counts that carry the death penalty, a penalty phase will be held. Tsarnaev’s lawyer has already said he committed the crime, but did so under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan.
Legal action: The fallout for Rolling Stone over its discredited gang rape story continues. Yesterday the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia said it would “pursue all available legal action” against the magazine. The lawsuit threat comes after the Columbia School of Journalism blasted Rolling Stone in a report on the “Rape on Campus” article, which said a UVA student was gang raped at a Phi Kappa Psi party. One of the main points of contention in the report was that the writer of the story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, and her editors should have been more forthcoming in their exchanges with the fraternity. Phi Kappa Psi hasn’t made a final decision yet on when to file a suit.
New champs: The Duke Blue Devils won the school’s fifth national championship last night, behind the play of four freshmen. Duke beat Wisconsin 68-63, with freshmen guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen scoring 23 and 16 points, respectively. The title makes Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski the second-winningest coach in Division 1 men’s national basketball championships. Duke’s fifth title ties it with Indiana and North Carolina for third most NCAA championships.
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