On Thursday, Americans learned that lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber, are currently seeking to have his death sentence waived. According to Boston, the lawyers maintain that Tsarnaev did not receive a fair trial due to the reactions which followed after the attack he carried out.
An Overview of the New Argument
In essence, Tsarnaev’s attorneys are claiming that his 2015 trial was tainted by negative bias from jurors, the provision of victim statements, and ties which Tsarnaev’s brother may have shared with other murderers. The lawyers furthermore argued that Tsarnaev’s case should not have been tried in Boston; this is despite Boston being the city where the crime was carried out. Due to the actions of Tsarnaev and his brother, multiple people died and many others sustained serious injuries.
The appeal to dismiss Tsarnaev’s death penalty may be a tall order. He admitted to the commission of the crime and dispelled any “lingering doubts” about whether or not he and his brother set off bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The Bottom Line
At this time, whether or not Tsarnaev’s attorneys will successfully get his death sentence dismissed remains to be seen. However, their case brings an important fact to light: the commission of heinous crimes almost always engenders backlash, especially when many people are adversely affected. Tsarnaev knew what he was doing; therefore, some people might view it as overly ambitious of his lawyers to claim public outrage as a reason to waive his death penalty.
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Gabrielle Seunagal is a full-time writer. Some of her favorite subjects to write about include politics, cybersecurity, and current events. When Gabrielle is not advancing her writing career, she is reading, traveling, or studying martial arts.