OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Sooooo, jailhouse justice?
The death penalty is such a controversial topic, but I’m certainly not opposed to this guy languishing in a cell for the rest of his life.
I mean, can we just take away his free healthcare at the very least? Our tax dollars shouldn’t have to coddle someone who willingly terrorized an entire region.
According to Fox News:
A federal appeals court has vacated the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, based on the opinion that the judge in the case did not vet the jury properly with regard to possible bias stemming from pretrial publicity.
Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planned an attack in 2013, where a bombing erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, injuring over 260 people and killing three. It wasn’t until 2015 that Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death. His older brother died during a manhunt, where he partook in a shootout with the police.
Fox News reported:
“A core promise of our criminal-justice system is that even the very worst among us deserves to be fairly tried and lawfully punished — a point forcefully made by the then-U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts during a presser at the trial’s end,” the three-judge panel wrote.
They added: “To help make that promise a reality, decisions long on our books say that a judge handling a case involving prejudicial pretrial publicity must elicit ‘the kind and degree’ of each prospective juror’s ‘exposure to the case or the parties,’ if asked by counsel, see Patriarca v. United States, 402 F.2d 314, 318 (1st Cir. 1968) — only then can the judge reliably assess whether a potential juror can ignore that publicity, as the law requires. But despite a diligent effort, the judge here did not meet the standard set by Patriarca and its successors.”
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Since an entire region was traumatized by the event, Tsarnaev’s lawyers found it impossible to find a fair jury.
This is just my opinion, but I feel like traumatizing an entire region due to setting off fatal explosives is a fair jury…
The publicity of the matter, in this case, is irrespective of it being fair.
A death sentence could arise again in the future but the government will ultimately decide if capital punishment is something they want to pursue.
Fox News reached out to the US Attorney’s office, and they said they are reviewing the opinion and will have more to say in the coming weeks.