Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty


The jurors’ 24-page verdict form in the death-penalty trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent one clear message, reports the Boston Globe: The defense team's narrative about why this lanky, expressionless defendant deserved sympathy did not ring true. During 14½ hours of deliberations, the jury rejected each of four key aspects of the defense case. The panel did not agree that Tsarnaev came under the domination of an older brother, that he was largely neglected by troubled parents, and that the nation’s toughest high-security prison would prevent him from achieving future fame.

The death penalty trial was imposed by the federal government against the wishes of the state, Politico reports. By a wide majority, Massachusetts citizens opposed the ultimate punishment for Tsarnaev. So did some of the victims. The jury's verdict will bring little measure of closure. Rather than Tsarnaev’s disappearing anonymously behind bars, his case will be appealed and fought. Death by execution, if it ever comes, may be decades away. The last executions in Massachusetts were in 1947.

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