Supreme Court Reinstates Death Penalty For Boston Marathon Bomber

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is back on death row.

The Supreme Court has overturned the decision of a lower court to spare death for him.

This was such a horrific crime that even some liberals in Massachusetts were OK with the death penalty.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Supreme Court Puts Boston Marathon Bomber Back on Death Row

The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence.

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The High Court’s conservative majority reversed a federal appeals court that flagged alleged errors in jury selection and sentencing at Tsarnaev’s 2015 trial. President Joe Biden’s Justice Department imposed a moratorium on federal executions in 2021, so Tsarnaev will not be put to death in the near term. But Friday’s result means a future administration could oversee his execution.

Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the opinion for a 6-3 Court over the dissent of the liberal trio.

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed heinous crimes. The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. He received one,” Thomas wrote.

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The Biden Justice Department pushed the justices to reimpose Tsarnaev’s death sentence. At oral arguments in Tsarnaev’s case, a Justice Department lawyer acknowledged the policy shift but indicated a future administration could be of a different mind and able to carry out the sentence.

Heightening the uncertainty surrounding Tsarnaev’s fate, the top federal prosecutor issued a short statement Friday that acknowledged the decision but made no mention of a possible execution.

This was the right decision.

He had no mercy for his victims. He deserves none.

 

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