Posted January 30, 2014

Alleged Boston Marathon bomber faces death penalty

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Emergency crews are helping the injured after two explosions were heard as runners finished the Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Emergency crews help the injured after two bombs exploded near the finish line of Boston Marathon. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Federal prosecutors announced they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and wounded more than 260 others, reports the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say that Dzhokhar and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police a few days after the bombing. The younger Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty and no trial date has been set.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Thursday. Of the 30 charges levied against Tsarnaev, 17 carry the possibility of the death penalty.

“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement.

More from the AP:

Massachusetts abolished its state death penalty in 1984, and repeated efforts to reinstate it have failed. Tsarnaev is the third person in the state to be charged under the federal death penalty.

Since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, 70 death penalty sentences have been imposed, but only three people have been executed, including Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in 2001. Eight people have been taken off death row by a judicial or executive action, while 59 people remain on death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center

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21 comments
Sportsredo
Sportsredo

Dear NoQno, a young man that lost a leg in the Boston bombing wants the guy to receive the death penalty. He's speaking out on the news channels today. I agree with Mark below, if you make the executions quick and public, they sure as hell would have an effect.  Sell tickets to help pay for the overcrowded jails and the food we provide.  

markfran6060
markfran6060

Public hangings within a year of the act would slow this kind of thing dramatically. Now the hidden and drawn out proceedings and punishment have no affect. Shock and Awe.

Listening
Listening

I have always been one who has thought that two wrongs do not make a right, but this guy killed without discrimination and he knew that he was doing so.  I can not image a jury that will not approve death for this heartless human.  I know people will say "He was just following the example of his big brother."  I do  not care.  He killed innocent people for NOTHING.  I can not believe he thought he would get away with it. Maybe he should have just been taken care of the night he was found injured in that one guy's boat. Peace to the victims and their families.

Matthew W
Matthew W

US Army Sgt. Robert Bales plead guilty to 16 counts of murder and doesn't face the death penalty. 


Maybe this kid should take a page form the US playbook....

parkbrav
parkbrav

This could just be a negotiating tactic by federal prosecutors. Although the statement by the US Attorney General makes me think that it's more than a negotiating tactic. 

The defendant's lawyer is quite skilled in high profile death penalty cases.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Death's too good for him.  Let some prison gang make him their b-tch for life.  Now that would be just punishment.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

So the federal government reduces itself to the same position as the defendant - playing god. What a barbaric stupid and unproductive practice the death penalty is.

JosephBagadoughnutz
JosephBagadoughnutz

dont kill em just yet, let his new boyfriends marinate him for a while

Sportsredo
Sportsredo

They should have started shooting at one end of the boat in which he was hiding and concluded shooting at the other end.  The end. 

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

@PhillyPenn  He'd never be around another prisoner.  He'd be in the Supermax prison in Colorado and the inmates never interact. 

Mel
Mel

@NoQNoSuperBowlYeah it's very unproductive. That's why murder rates in death penalty states are much lower than non-death penalty states. But yeah it's unproductive...

Paul72
Paul72

@JosephBagadoughnutz he'd NEVER even get the chance to even interact with another inmate in that supermax prison.  think before you speak.

FactCheck
FactCheck

@Mel


For 2012, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.7

For 2011, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.7, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.1

For 2010, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.6, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.9

For 2009, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 4.9, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 2.8

For 2008, the average Murder Rate of Death Penalty States was 5.2, while the average Murder Rate of States without the Death Penalty was 3.3

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

@Mel @NoQNoSuperBowl and murder rates in countries with no death penalty are WAAAAYYYYYYYYY lower than the USA.  So, yeah, it's kind of ineffective.

FactCheck
FactCheck

@Paul72 Murders per 100,000 people. Regardless, it's obvious the earlier comment is wrong and the murder rate is consistently higher in death penalty states. Clearer for you now?

Paul72
Paul72

@FactCheck @Mel you realize that nothing you said makes any sense whatsoever, right?  PER what???