Tazhayakov insisted that he had nothing to do with dumping the bag and didn’t even know it was thrown out until after the fact, his attor­neys casted him as a scared teenager who never intended to cover up any crime. But as North­eastern Uni­ver­sity law pro­fessor Daniel Medwed notes, the defense couldn’t over­come the facts.

There’s very few inno­cent expla­na­tions for get­ting rid of the back­pack. What was the reason for doing that besides pro­tecting your friend from poten­tial crim­inal consequences?”

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