ADL Welcomes Guilty Verdict in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Boston, MA, April 8, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the announcement of today’s guilty verdict in the Boston Marathon bombing case, saying the decision sends a resounding message that those who engage in acts of terror will be held accountable.

A federal jury found Dzhokar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts.

“The jury’s guilty verdict against Dzhokar Tsarnaev sends a resounding message that those who engage in such acts of terrorism will be held accountable and pay a hefty price,” said Robert O. Trestan, ADL New England Regional Director. “It is clear the jury agreed with the prosecution’s assessment that Tsarnaev and his brother worked together in plotting a coldblooded, intentional, calculated terrorist act and he therefore should be held to account for his actions.”

Mr. Trestan added, “The reality that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother were radicalized, at least in part, by online terrorist propaganda geared toward young American audiences, shows the seriousness of the threat from Islamic extremists. Terrorist groups are now able to reach, recruit and motivate extremists more quickly and effectively than ever before. We hope this case does not end with Tsarnaev and his brother. What is needed now is a concerted effort among law enforcement agencies, empowered by political and government leaders, to place a renewed emphasis on investigating and prosecuting would-be terrorists before they can launch another attack on American soil.”

According to ADL’s Center on Extremism, the horrific attack committed at the Boston Marathon did not happen in a vacuum. Since the bombing nearly two years ago, there have been at least four domestic plots in the U.S. similarly motivated by radical interpretations of Islam, and, including Tsarnaev, 15 teenagers, including six minors, have been linked to terror activity since 2013. The verdict comes at a time when Americans motivated by radical interpretations of Islam are being arrested on terror related charges nearly every week.

ADL commended U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for her leadership and steadfast commitment to pursue justice on behalf of the victims and everyone impacted by the terror attack.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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