Supreme Court May Reinstate Death Sentence Against Boston Marathon Bomber

Supreme Court justices seemed generally sympathetic to Biden administration arguments Oct. 13 that the  death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be reinstated. The hearing centered largely around potential juror bias and evidence that Tsarnaev’s late older brother, Tamerlan, was involved in a jihad-related triple murder two years before the 2013 marathon bombing. The evidence was excluded from Tsarnaev’s original trial in federal court in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev’s lawyer also argued that the brother influenced and indoctrinated him into supporting a jihad against the United States and that this factor was given short shrift during the sentencing phase. Despite President Joe Biden’s promise on the campaign trail last year to abolish capital punishment, in June the government asked the justices to overturn a July 31, 2020 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit that vacated the federal death sentence pronounced against Tsarnaev, 28, the lone …

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