Boston bomber case tests US and Biden on death penalty as victims’ families divided

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President Biden Campaign to abolish the death penalty, and is The first current president to oppose the death penalty. But an upcoming appeal to the Supreme Court for the death penalty in the Boston bombings terrorism case has tested how far it is willing to go to hold on to that unprecedented stance – and has left families affected by the tragedy divided.

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Arguments will be heard in the High Court on Wednesday from the justice department About to reinstate the death penalty against one of the Boston Marathon bombers, who was convicted on 30 separate counts related to the 2015 bombings that killed three people and injured 264. The bomber, Joker Tsarnaev, now 28, has been sentenced to death, but appealed on pleas that he did not receive a fair trial.

The prospect of a death sentence for Tsarnaev, who bombed along with his now-deceased older brother Tamerlan, has divided those closest to the Boston bombing.


Bill and Denise Richard, Parents of eight-year-old MartinThe youngest of those killed in the attack has argued against the death penalty for his son’s killer, as a lengthy capital affair could add to their suffering.

“We fully understand the heinousness and brutality of the crimes committed. We were there. We lived it. The defendant murdered our eight-year-old son, crippled our seven-year-old daughter and stole part of our soul,” the parent wrote in a in opinion piece Boston Globe.

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He continued: “We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that sentence can appeal to and resurrect the most painful day of our lives. We hope that our two remaining children will not have to grow up with dull, painful reminders of what the defendant took from them, which the appeal of years will undoubtedly bring.”

Others, such as Elizabeth Norden, whose sons JP and Paul lost their legs in the bombing, welcome Tsarnaev’s death sentence.

He said Granthshala That a death sentence wouldn’t put him off—the hat isn’t possible for him after such a tragedy—but he hopes it will have a deterrent effect on future crimes. (Evidence does not show that the death penalty definitely reduces violent crime.)

“I am not eye for eye. I am not that kind of person. I struggle, how do you want to take someone’s life?” he said. “But there is not a shadow of a reasonable doubt as to what he and his brother did.”

Ms Norden now runs a charity called A Leg Forever, which helps people pay for prostheses, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and need to be replaced every few years. She said that whether Tsarnaev gets the death penalty or a life sentence, she will always be in great pain from what happened.

“Will this change my life? Will it ever stop, not at all,” she said. “For me, as a mother, I have endured the deepest grief for my sons… how do you really know something like this? give? Whether he comes in the news every day or not, I see my sons standing on their feet.”

In July 2020, an appeals court upheld most of Tsarnaev’s sentence, but overturned his death sentence and ordered a new round of sentencing with a new jury. They agreed with her lawyers that jurors had not been adequately questioned about their performance in the media before the trial, where coverage of the bombing was everywhere and people were demanding executions, and about the alleged effect. Sufficient information was not given. Brother Tamerlan carried out the attack on the Joker. (Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police in the post-bombing search operation.)

Donald Trump, whose administration later resumed federal executions 17 year stay, the Joker called Tsarnaev a “beast”. His Justice Department appealed to the Supreme Court against the reduction in sentence.

Although Joe Biden has opposed the death penalty, now that his administration is in charge, it has continued to press for executions in the case.

The DOJ said in a filing, “The record conclusively shows that the defendant was eager to commit his crimes, was troubled by ending two lives and devastation to several others, and took pride in his actions.” “This court should reverse the judgment given below and bring the matter back on track to a just conclusion.”

It also said that the underlying trial was fair, and that jurors could still make an impartial decision despite media coverage of the bombings.

Asked about the case earlier this year, the White House reiterated the president’s general opposition to the death penalty. This summer, the DOJ halted federal executions that were restarted under the Trump administration.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “President Biden has made clear, as he did on the campaign trail, that he has serious concerns about whether the death penalty, as it is currently implemented, is in line with those values. conformity that are fundamental to our sense of justice and fairness.” Said in March. “He has also expressed his horror at the events of that day and his actions and the actions of Tsarnaev.”

The White House and the DOJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Granthshala.

A decision on this latest appeal will be taken between now and June 2022.

The DOJ called its case against Tsarnaev “one of the most important terrorism trials in the history of our country”.

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