SCOTUS Mulls Reimposing Death Penalty for Boston Bomber

The US Supreme Court announced that it will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The death sentence was not given to Tsarnaev, who was guilty of killing three spectators and injuring hundreds, because of a lower court’s ruling that errors during the 2015 trial had tainted the initial sentencing.

Due to the errors, an appeal from the US Justice Department was filed to the Supreme Court during the previous presidential administration that challenged the lower court’s decision.

The Trump administration said that the Boston bombings “caused devastating injuries that left the street with a ravaged, combat-zone look” with “blood and body parts everywhere, littered among BB’s, nails, metal scraps, and glass fragments.”

Former Solicitor General Jeff Wall said that the justices should take up the case this term.

Prosecutors explained that if the ruling stands, the death penalty phase of the case would be repeated, and “victims will have to once again take the stand to describe the horrors that respondent inflicted on them.”

The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case later this year while Tsarnaev remained detained in a federal prison in Florence, Colorado. 

President Joe Biden who is against the death penalty has not commented on the development of the case. 


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