As we know, the friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Azamat Tazhayakov had been convicted of obstruction in a trial last month.
So, it really isn't a surprise that another friend Dias Kadyrbayev has decided to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. His trail had been scheduled for next month. A third friend Robel Phillipos is still scheduled to go to trial next month about alleged lies he told to authorities about the details of the aftermath of the alleged bombing. Meanwhile Tazhayakov himself will be tried on November 3 in Boston. Here are details from Bloomberg.
Reading about these three friends who became ensnared in an event which killed three and injured 260 calls to mind the ethos of Patti Smith's book "Just Kids." The person already convicted and the one who will plead guilty are boys. Kadyrbayev is 20. The alleged bomber was a buddy. The authorities likely seemed like outsiders.
Sure, there is the rule of law. However, in sentencing judges should take into account their youth and their values. Also, research shows the human brain isn't fully formed until about age 25.