BOSTON (AIP) -In an abrupt about face, convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - after spending his entire trial smirking at witnesses and victims in his trial - apologized to those same people at the conclusion of the trial’s penalty phase, an action which many see as an attempt to avoid the death penalty.
"I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage," Tsarnaev, 21, said in a courtroom filled with parents of the dead and some of those wounded in the April 15, 2013 bombing.
Religious experts point to a new fatwa issued by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), informing future jihad martyrs that there has been a ‘slight change’ in the afterlife in light of the tremendous number of women being raped by ISIS fighters. Going forward all future Islamic martyrs would receive 72 male virgins, in lieu of the previously promised 72 female virgins.
“Unfortunately, we’re fresh out of virgin women and will be for the foreseeable future,” the Fatwa states. “Hence forth, upon entering Paradise, everybody gets guys.”
Legal expert Martin Lawrence thinks the new information contained in the fatwa may have had an impact on Tsarnaev’s defense strategy.
“I’m guessing that this new information has suddenly made Paradise a little less attractive to him,” said Lawrence. “In fact, I believe he might have changed his mind about the joys of martyrdom completely.”