Tzarnaev apologized, but not everyone was impressed with his performance in court.
Today (June 24) is the day that convicted Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev finally issued an apology to his victims. He also admitted to his role in the bombings.
Court transcripts show that his apology is buried amid repeated acknowledgements of Allah and the prophet Muhammad, along with thanking his legal team for making his life during the past two years "easy."
These were not sentiments that sat well with at least one of his victims who, during a press conference that aired on CNN and local Boston news stations after the sentencing hearing, described parts of his apology as "an Oscar type speech" and felt that it was insincere.
General reception of Tzarnaev's statement ran the gamut. Some victims and survivors expressed anger at him for the impact his actions have had on their lives, others hopes for forgiveness and peace. There were also those who would not give victim impact statements because they do not feel as if they are victims.
Today was also the day that Tzarnaev was formally sentenced to death for his part in the bombings. Judge George O'Toole did not let Tzarnaev go without hearing his thought on the matter as well.
O'Toole is quoted by CNN as saying that not only did Tzarnaev harm and kill innocent people, he "did it willfully" and "on purpose."
Reports also note that not once did he turn and face his victims that were present in court. Not once.