Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev carried out the mass bombing in 2012. (AP)

The Justice Department wants the US Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying the horrific nature of his crime warrants a more “just conclusion.”

The Justice Department wrote in court documents filed Monday that the appellate court had erred when tossing Tsarnaev’s death sentence last July due to jury selection concerns in the attack that killed three people and injured 260 others in April 2013.

“The jury carefully considered each of the respondent’s crime and determined that capital punishment was warranted for the horrors that he personally inflicted — setting down a shrapnel bomb in a crowd and detonating it, killing a child and a promising young student, and consigning several others to a ‘lifetime of unimaginable suffering,’” Justice Department attorneys wrote in a 48-page brief.

The ruling by the jurors “deserves respect and reinstatement” by the nation’s highest court, attorneys for President Biden’s administration said despite his public opposition to the death penalty.

Former Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press last year that the administration of President Donald Trump would do “whatever’s necessary” to reinstate Tsarnaev’s death penalty.

Trump tweeted in August 2020 that “rarely has anybody” deserved capital punishment more than Tsarnaev, who was convicted of carrying out the horrific attack with his older brother, Tamerlan, who died during a shootout with cops.

Attorneys for Tsarnaev, meanwhile, want the former Cambridge, Massachusetts, man to spend the rest of his life in federal prison. They claim Tamerlan Tsarnaev emotionally dominated his younger brother into terrorist activity, the Boston Globe reported.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller

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