Anonymous asked: if the prosecution actually has 100 or more people who will be testifying, I wonder who they all are, and who will the defense be able to have to testify on Dzhokhar's behalf.. It's a huge worry to me that it seems that almost everyone involved in this case (likely many who will testify for the prosecution) have been given money by the DOJ for one suspicious reason or another, like actual witnesses in watertown. Can there be anyone left to testify for the defense? It's all so crazy.
I have no idea…when that # was originally referenced I wondered how many people do you need to say the same thing? But several things about this case and trial have changed over time. Many months ago they estimated how long the trial would be and that # seems to have increased over time.
The # of LE and experts may not change but certain witnesses or people they are looking to have speak may drop out for 1 reason or another (esp if a change of venue is requested and granted).
Plus just speaking from a trial that I was involved in, the witness list provided before the trial listed every person in a specific building but when it came down to it, only 2 were actually put on the stand.
As for the defense…I think once they get a handle on and actually get all of the evidence they’ve asked for again and again they will be able to determine what kind of experts they will need, depending on claims prosecution witnesses make the defense may call rebuttal witnesses, the “mental health advisor” that Jahar has, etc…I don’t see Jahar testifying but I suppose anything is possible. Again it all depends on the defenses strategy. :)
Obviously I’m not a lawyer so I’m not going to pretend to have all of the answers but these are just my observations and thoughts on everything. I think even a lawyer may be hard pressed to give you a firm answer as many have already said that they’ve never seen a case like this before and that’s just based on all of the pre trial issues they’re already having.
there is a witness fee involved to reimburse the witnesses for their time. It’s not bribing money. I work for a law firm. And as justice4dzhokhar said, all those witnesses may not actually testify for one reason or another. It also costs money to have witnesses deposed because they will need to pay the court reporter and transcripts, and they’re not cheap. Also, expert witnesses charge $$$ per hour.
I think anon might be referring to the grant that was created. Its separate from the One Fund and wasn’t donation driven. It was over $8mill and its purpose was said to be for witnesses, residents of Watertown and first responders so its not paying these people a small fee for testifying, they have already received the money.
To me it does seem a little suspect if not a conflict of interest for lack of a better way of putting it. I mean if the government just cut you a nice check and then you’re asked to testify I think its human nature to be more willing to say what you think the prosecution wants to hear given the money they recently gave you. I don’t understand the justification for residents of Watertown to receive these funds. I mean I’m sure the guy whose boat was destroyed has been compensated so what is the rest of the money for? There are shootouts in neighborhoods every night on the evening news but the government doesn’t just go hand out money to the people who live there for the inconvenience.
The grant was kinda quiet so this article is what I could find.