SCOTUS Reinstates Death Penalty for Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday has reinstated the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

A jury in federal district court in Massachusetts has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on 30 counts for the Boston bombing and recommended the death penalty for six of them.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 after finding that the lower court was wrong when it junked Tsarnaev’s capital sentence in a 2020  because of issues over jury selection and evidence that was not used the penalty phase of his trial.

According to the Supreme Court’s majority, the district court’s decision to not use evidence from Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, was “reasonable.”

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed heinous crimes. The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. He received one. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is reversed,” said Justice Clarence Thomas.

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