VOTE: Should The Boston Bombing Suspect Face the Death Penalty?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is awaiting trial and has been charged with 30 counts, including killing three people and using weapons of mass destruction. More than 250 people were injured in the twin blasts on April 15, 2013.

The final decision, which was announced on Thursday, was personally authorized by Attorney General Eric Holder. Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in the 1970s, the federal government has only carried out three executions.

"After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter," Holder said in a statement. "The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision."

Do you agree with the government's decision to pursue the death penalty? Vote in our poll below.


T.J. Raphael

Comments [11]

Viv from United States

Death is easy. Life is hard. Tsarnaev should spend the rest of his very long life working for America and the people he hurt.

Apr. 09 2015 02:36 PM
julia whedon from New York City

Not in my name. Ceremonial murder by the State would do nothing to assuage my fury at men with guns who maim and slaughter. We can erase them but not the things they do.

Jan. 31 2014 02:40 PM
Gannon from Detroit

Wag the Dog, but kill off the witnesses.

Another false flag, proven.

Jan. 31 2014 01:39 PM
Gannon from Detroit

Jan. 31 2014 01:22 PM
Linda from Union county,NJ

Life without parole is better. It is also less expensive than the retrials that the law says he is entitled to.

Jan. 31 2014 12:20 PM
Do Unto Others from New Jersey

In my opinion, a penalty of death isn't harsh enough for Tsarnaev. Perhaps his punishment could be preceded with blowing off his legs and arms, given a meal he can't feed himself, clad him in a diaper and then request that HE invite his mother to witness the lethal injection. As an example for future terrorists, it is imperative that the media report Tsarnaev's final moments.

Jan. 31 2014 11:59 AM
Brugl from NYC

Even if some people deserve to die beyond doubt, the state should not become a killer. The existence of death penalty is a show of weakness, an admission of society's inability to manage serious social maladies in an meaningful, efficient, humane way and a signal that violence is an acceptable way of behavior. Besides which, the death penalty it is often the lightest punishment for abhorrent crimes.

Jan. 31 2014 11:45 AM
david from New Jersey

He should face the death penalty because he is responsible for killing and crippling many people.

Jan. 31 2014 10:28 AM
Louis Sena from Jersey Shore

If we still had a draft in this country, would these young men be in this country? The Question for me is "Should we bring the draft back? The draft would keep undesirables and free loaders out.You also learn the different America values in the Army.Its where the melting pot begins.

Jan. 31 2014 08:13 AM

If you are against the death penalty then it is never justified. How can E Holder be personally against the death penalty yet support it in this case - in any case ?

Jan. 31 2014 07:00 AM
Triton from CA

Nobody seems to mention or recall that Tsarnaev was interrogated by federal agents without legal counsel present, (another of these ad hoc DOJ rulings dispensing with legality) while he was heavily drugged and recovering from injuries.
Nor that the photos of the supposed bomb backpack showed a black backpack that does not match at all the GREY backpack shown on the FBI-ballyhooed video of the Tsarnaevs, which appears to be 9/10ths of the circumstantial evidence on which the government has already pronounced Tsarnaev guilty.

Why am I skeptical? Because I'm part of the JFK generation and I have seen over and over the enactment of Television convictions that have only the most tenuous connection to what really happened.

Jan. 30 2014 04:05 PM

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