Supreme Court to consider death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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  • The Supreme Court will hear a debate on whether the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing, should be restored.
  • The Biden administration will ask judges to overturn the appeals court’s “wrong” ruling that vacated the death penalty for Tsarnaev.
  • The federal government is pushing for the death penalty for Tsarnaev, even as President Joe Biden’s Justice Department takes action to halt the federal execution.

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The Supreme Court is set to hear debate on Wednesday whether the death sentence of Zhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, should be restored.

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The Biden administration will ask judges to reverse the appeals court’s “erroneous” decision to vacate the death penalty for 28-year-old Tsarnaev, arguing that the US would need a new Penalty test will have to be done.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers have argued that even if the High Court vacated the appellate ruling and sent the case back for further review, the issues with the jury and the evidence presented during Tsarnaev’s trial would again warrant the death penalty. will empty it.

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The federal government is pushing for the death penalty for Tsarnaev, even as President Joe Biden’s Justice Department Federal takes action to prevent execution. Former President Donald Trump’s administration, which asked the Supreme Court to review the appeals court’s decision on Tsarnaev, carried out 13 such executions during Trump’s final months in office.

America in your petition The Supreme Court described the April 15, 2013 Boston bombings as “one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the atrocities of 9/11”.

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Three people, including an 8-year-old child, were killed and hundreds injured when two pressure-cooker bombs filled with metal pellets detonated near the crowded marathon finish line. Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both described as jihadists, fled the scene during a four-day search during which Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier was also shot and killed. .

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in an encounter with police in Watertown, Massachusetts. An injured Dzhokhar, who had rushed to escort his brother in a stolen Mercedes, was found hours later hiding in a boat parked in a nearby backyard.

A federal jury in Massachusetts convicted Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time of the attack, on 30 counts and recommended the death penalty for six of them, including using weapons of mass destruction to kill people. .

In July 2020, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld most of Tsarnaev’s convictions, but quashed his death sentence.

It found that the trial court wrongly rejected requests from Tsarnaev’s lawyers that potential jurors ask about his media exposure to the facts of the case during the jury-selection process.

The appeals court also ruled that the district court erred in omitting evidence relating to the triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, on the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was implicated in the attacks by his friend Ibragim Todashev, who claimed to the authorities that he was recruited to rob three men who were tied with duct tape before slitting Tamerlan’s throat.

Todashev was shot and killed after allegedly assaulting investigators after agreeing to write a confession. No charges have been filed in the Waltham murders.

The district court mistakenly had to omit the evidence at Dzhokhar’s trial, his lawyers said, “because it reflects Tamerlan’s plan of extreme violence and his ability to influence others to engage in those acts.”

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