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PolygamousRanchKid writes: A small but vocal chorus of young people, many of them female, are filling social-media sites with claims that the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings are innocent and have been unjustly accused, even "set up." In defense of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (identified as Jahar on his Twitter account) sympathizers have taken to the Internet to proclaim their support. On Twitter, they post with hashtags including JaharisInnocent; fightforJahar; freejahar; and FreeTheLion. More than 6,600 visitors on Facebook have "liked" The Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Free Jahar movement.

Some of the tweets are fawning and cheeky, such as this one from @freeJahar97: "Yes i like Justin Bieber and i like Jahar but that has nothing to do with why i support him. I know he's innocent, he is far too beautiful." And this one from @keepitbluntedd: "getting one of jahars tweets tattooed on me tomorrow. I guess you could say I'm a #freejahar supporter. ;) Most, however, are in the vein of @xoangelabellexo: "I don't think Jahar is cute. I think he's innocent."

That teenage girls and twenty-something women are among the most active participants of this social-media charge comes as no surprise to experts who work with adolescents. In some ways, "there's a romanticism about him that is being connected to," says Jennifer Powell-Lunder, a clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at Pace University in New York. Supporters are drawn to "the boy next door the smart, attractive young college student."

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