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Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:54 PM

Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence

Source: AP

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

A federal appeals court Friday threw out Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, saying the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new penalty-phase trial on whether the 27-year-old Tsarnaev should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

“But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution,” the judges said, more than six month after arguments were heard in the case.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers acknowledged at the beginning of his trial that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off the two bombs at the marathon finish line. But they argued that Dzhokar Tsarnaev is less culpable than his brother, who they said was the mastermind behind the attack.



FILE - This file photo released April 19, 2013, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted and sentenced to death for carrying out the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. On Friday, July 31, 2020, a federal appeals court overturned the Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence. (FBI via AP, File)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:02 PM

1. We should not punish people by committing the same crime they did.

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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:12 PM

2. Agreed, and it would only make him a martyr in the eyes of some. n/t

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:12 PM

7. So right!

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Response to George II (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:57 PM

5. While the death penalty is the killing of a human being, it is not the crime of murder.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:15 PM

8. Actually it is

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:26 PM

10. It may not be murder under the law, but in effect it is state sponsored murder. n/t

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:52 PM

11. yes, it is

The State just winks and nudges that it's okay for them to do it.

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Response to Dial H For Hero (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 10:36 PM

13. Call it whatever you want, but it's still killing someone in the name of the state.

The semantics are irrelevant when it comes to the end result. That end result is what people are opposed to.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:19 PM

3. I also believe he was under the influence of his older brother.

Life in prison is no picnic either.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:45 PM

4. I think life with out parole is worse than death. Especially if he has to be separated from

the other inmates... Alone for life...
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Response to mitch96 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:21 PM

9. Agreed.

It puzzles me why so many think execution is the harshest penalty. Life without parole and alone would be consistently miserable.

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:53 PM

12. Especially in a SuperMax

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Response to mitch96 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 10:48 PM

14. Forcing that on an inmate except by their own request might cross over into the

cruel and unusual area.
That aside at the very least knowing you will forever be denied your freedom is still a pretty bitter pill to swallow I imagine.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 05:57 PM

6. I'm OK with him spending his life in prison

no hope of parole.

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