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Saipov Death Penalty Trial Closings Agree His Truck Killed 8 But Dispute As To Why

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 24 - Sayfullo Saipov is now in a trial that may result in the death penalty for killing eight people with a van along the West Side Highway.

  On May 4, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick held a conference on the case and Inner City Press live tweet it here and below.

On January 6, 2023 after a long jury selection that Inner City Press covered, some below, Judge Broderick confirmed that the trial would start January 9. And it did.

On January 23, the US put on as witnesses the medical examiner and a Bureau of Prisons official who searched Saipov's cell, thread here

On January 24, the US and defense presented closing arguments, then Judge Broderick solicited more submissions for his jury instruction. Thread here:

OK - now in death penalty case US v. Sayfullo Saipov, US closing statement in liability phase.

 Assistant US Attorney: As bikes lay mangled, as FBI rushed to the scene, as the deceased were IDed, as the dust settled, questions emerged. Who did it? How? And third, why? Now you know the answers. Saipov did it, with 6000 lb truck, to become a part of ISIS

AUSA: Saipov sat in the hospital and he knew, his mission was accomplished. 8 were dead. He was the newest recruit. He smiled when he confessed.

Now closing statement for Sayfullo Saipov. Federal Defender Patton: Let's walk through the facts, what he actually did, what he said about it in the interrogation in the hospital, and what was found in his possession.  Mr. Saipov rented a truck...

Federal Defender:  He veered onto the bike path, he killed people, he slammed into that school bus. What the truck is wrecked, he gets out with 2 fake guns. He doesn't run away. Here are images [video]

 With Federal Defender distinguishing ISIS membership from "Soldiers of the Caliphate," Judge Broderick tells the jury to take a break.

They're still at it at 5:32 pm - Judge Broderick ruling on (rejecting) an instruction for his jury charge. Then: we will get the parties a clean version, and go from there.

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                            victim Martin Marro, courtesy to Inner City
                            Press by Elizabeth Williams
Martin Marro shows wounds, courtesy of Elizabeth Williams

On October 13, 2022 Saipov's Federal Defenders wrote to object to any disqualification of anti death penalty jurors, focusing on Juror 17 who cited his religious opposition to the death penalty. They argue that exclusion would violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Inclusion would guarantee no death penalty imposed.

The case is US v. Saipov, 17-cr-722 (Broderick)



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