A fedral court has overturned the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This is outrageous.
This act of terrorism killed three people, including a young child, and seriously injured many others.
If ever there was a case for the death penalty, this is it.
The Associated Press reports:
Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence
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,” Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote in the ruling, more than six months after arguments were heard in the case.
An attorney for Tsarnaev said they are grateful for the court’s “straightforward and fair decision: if the government wishes to put someone to death, it must make its case to a fairly selected jury that is provided all relevant information.”
“It is now up to the government to determine whether to put the victims and Boston through a second trial, or to allow closure to this terrible tragedy by permitting a sentence of life without the possibility of release,” David Patton said in an email.
Many people think life in prison is too good for him.
— Alysha Palumbo NBC10 Boston (@AlyshaNBCBoston) July 31, 2020
WTF. How did this happen. https://t.co/JiovvFrxjm
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 31, 2020
It’s an insult to the survivors and the families of the victims.