Supreme Court will revisit the death sentence for the Boston Marathon bomber
On Wednesday, The US Supreme Court will hear a request from the Justice Department to reinstate the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev has been accused of organizing the explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, when three people were killed and hundreds injured.
In 2020, the District Court of Appeals overturned Tsarnaev's death sentence, citing procedural violations during the trial.
#SCOTUS today is set to hear the federal government's bid to reinstate Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence for his role in the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others https://t.co/4fWuRBwVzk pic.twitter.com/waDUs4VIf8— Reuters Legal (@ReutersLegal) October 13, 2021
Still before Donald Trump left the White House, the Justice Department filed an appeal against this decision, and then confirmed its position in June 2021 already under the Joe Biden administration.
This revealed the apparent inconsistency of the current president, who during the election campaign promised to seek the adoption of a law abolishing the death penalty at the federal level and to encourage states to do the same.
Should convicted Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get the death penalty? Supreme Court takes up the case today as the DOJ looks to overturn a federal appeals court decision to throw out capital punishment (he'll still serve the rest of his life in prison). @wpri12— Kait Walsh (@KaitLouiseWalsh) October 13, 2021
I'm against the death penalty. Sometimes, however, things like what Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Timothy McVeigh did make it hard not to change my view. https://t.co/Pyo85wUdgv— David Valade (@DavidAValade) October 12, 2021