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US Supreme Court Evaluates Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bomb

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Despite President Joe Biden’s stated intention to eradicate the death penalty at the federal level, his government has chosen to appeal, initially launched by the Justice Department of his predecessor Donald Trump, against a lower court verdict that overturned Tsarnaev’s death sentence.

No federal inmate had been executed for 17 years until Trump published 13 executions in his last six months in office.

One of the questions posed to the nine judges is whether the global media attention generated by the bombing could have swayed the judges, a question the lower court held that District Judge George O’Toole, who presided over the trial, did not sufficiently address. during the jury selection process.

Judges will also consider whether O’Toole improperly excluded evidence related to a 2011 triple murder linked to Tsarnaev’s older brother. Lawyers for Tsarnaev, who was 19 at the time of the attack, argue that he played a secondary role in relation to his brother Tamerlan, whom they describe as “an authoritarian figure” with “the violent beliefs of a Islamic extremist ”.

The victims of the attack are divided over the execution of Tsarnaev.

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