May 11, 2015 10:56 AM
BOSTON - Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev called famed anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean as their final witness in the penalty phase. The "Dead Man Walking" nun, who wrote a book and has a film based on her life fighting against the death penalty, took the stand Monday. Sister Prejean testified she met Tsarnaev in March at the request of the defense team.
Prejean said she believes the convicted Boston Marathon Bomber showed remorse for his crimes. She said, "He said emphatically, 'No one deserves to suffer like they did.' " Prejean said she has "every reason to believe he was sorry for what he did." Though she did not comment on whether or not the 21-year old has any regret.
In cross examination, the government pointed out that Sister Prejean is not from here, does not work here, and is the leader of a group that opposes the death penalty. She says she is not getting paid by the defense to testify.
Prejean was the final witness for the defense in the penalty phase.
Rebuttals began immediately with the government calling witnesses from the FBI and the warden of the ADX super max prison in Florence, Colorado where Tsarnaev would likely be house if he was given a life sentence.
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