Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Penalty

Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Penalty

( – In July 2020, a three-judge panel on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit overturned Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence. President Joe Biden’s administration is now asking the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling by the lower court.

On June 14, the DOJ filed a brief with the Supreme Court, arguing the lower court was wrong when it vacated the death penalty in the case. Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said the federal jury “carefully considered” his crimes, eventually determining they warranted capital punishment. She said that he personally set down a “shrapnel bomb in a crowd” then detonated it, “killing a child,” two others and inflicting “a lifetime of unimaginable suffering” on others.

A jury found Tsarnaev guilty of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line. His sibling also murdered police officer Sean Collier, 27, while on the run. Tamerlan later died in a shootout with the police.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Tsarnaev case. The decision came after the appeals court ruled the district judge that presided over the original case made mistakes by not informing jurors about previous murders allegedly committed by Tamerlan and not asking jurors if they’d seen pretrial media coverage.

The Court is expected to hear the case sometime next term beginning in the fall.

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