May 25, 2022

Supreme Court overturns lower court decision paving the way for Boston marathon bomber to face death penalty

The death penalty is a controversial remedy to the problem of imposing justice. However, sometimes the severity of a crime demands it.

The Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faced the death penalty after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision Friday, Breitbart reported. Tsarnaev was convicted of killing three people and injuring hundreds after detonating a pressure-cooker bomb at the Bostom Marathon in 2013.

Tsarnaev’s attack on the event was a devastating crime. His device exploded at the finish line at the Boston Marathon and injured 260 people. An 8-year-old boy also lost his life because of Tsarnaev.

The death penalty was overturned and made its way up to the Supreme Court in October 2021 until Friday’s 6-3 decision to reinstate the punishment for Tsarnaev.” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed heinous crimes,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion.

“The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. He received one. The judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is reversed,” Thomas said.

Tsarnaev was convicted of the crime, but the sentence was appealed based on a technicality. Moreover, advocates for Tsarnaev insist a previous murder case involving his brother proves he was unduly influenced by his violent sibling though it wasn’t admitted as evidence in his favor.

Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote the dissenting opinion, contended that the lower Court should have allowed that previous case in Tsarnaev’s defense. “Three courts including this Court have now examined this record with care. Why? Why are appellate courts so deeply involved in what is, after all, a trial-based evidentiary matter?” the retiring justice said.

“The reason, in my view, lies in part in the nature of the underlying proceeding,” Breyer said. “It is a death penalty proceeding. And where death is at stake, the courts (and Congress) believe that particular judicial care is required.”

A jury of his peers convicted Tsarnaev of a heinous crime regardless of perceived mitigating factors. The fact that the death penalty was upheld means that this criminal is kept from reoffending, and future would-be criminals will be deterred.

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