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Supreme Court reimposes death penalty for Boston bomber


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Supreme Court reimposes death penalty for Boston bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, has again been sentenced to death by the US Supreme Court. The perpetrator was already given this sentence in 2015, but in 2020 it was decided that the case had to be reconsidered.


Tsarnaev, dubbed the ‘Boston Bomber’, has been sentenced to death again by 6 votes to 3 against. He and his brother Tamerlan detonated two homemade bombs during the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 runners and spectators were injured. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot dead by the police a few days later during a chase.


The case was discussed again over criticism of the turn of events surrounding the original lawsuit. The court ruled in 2020 that the jury that examined the case was presumably biased. The judge also allegedly withheld evidence. “Dzhokar Tsarnaev has committed terrible crimes,” said Judge Clarence Thomas. “Yet he should have been given a fair trial before an impartial jury. He has now had that.”


However, the Boston Bomber will not face his death any time soon. The US government no longer wants to use the death penalty at the federal level. Joe Biden wants to first conduct extensive research into the most severe penalty. States may make their own rules about this, but the conviction of the Supreme Court has made Tsarnaev’s case federal.

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