EDIT: The information made public is here: http://www.justice.gov/usao/ma/news/marathon/index.html -  The time appears to be 3:30pm EST. The #justice4jahar event times remain unchanged and demonstrators that wish to stay past the 4:00pm event time are more than welcome to do so.

On June 27, 2013 A Massachusetts federal grand jury returned a 30-count indictment against Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This prompts the change of a previously scheduled hearing to an arraignment. For reference, according to Wikipedia:

Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant to inform the defendant of the charges against him or her. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea. Acceptable pleas vary among jurisdictions, but they generally include "guilty", "not guilty", and the peremptory pleas (or pleas in bar) setting out reasons why a trial cannot proceed. Pleas of "nolo contendere" (no contest) and the "Alford plea" are allowed in some circumstances.

While we have been unable in our attempts to confirm an exact time with officials, the date still remains listed as July 10th. In addition, we have made the decision to keep the #justice4jahar peaceful sit-in event in Boston and the online viral event dates and times the same.

  • The on-site event begins on July 10th at 10:30am and ends at 4:00pm EST.
  • The online viral event begins on July 9th at 5:00pm and ends on July 10th at 5:00pm EST.

The purpose of WEARETHELION's #justice4jahar event is to demonstrate for greater transparency from the government, better accountability from its investigative bureaus, and the restoration and protection of the rights of the people. 

For event details, please click here. For those planning to attend the on-site event in Boston, please click here to request a download of event gear. These materials will be sent to supporters within the next 48 hours.

7/2/2013 06:25:20 pm

Must Dzhokhar be physically present at his hearing, or can they do it by video link?

7/2/2013 10:24:55 pm

I am confused. When exactly did Dzhokhar and his attorney's waive the probable cause hearing and allow this to go to the grand jury instead?

7/3/2013 12:13:23 pm

Dzhokhar was indicted therefore there will be no probable cause hearing. If a suspect is indicted before the probable cause hearing then no probable cause hearing will take place, however both are similar in that you are presenting the evidence against the dependent, the probable cause is before a judge, the other before a jury. Only grand jury is mandatory.


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