Saturday, May 16, 2015

Death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.....Boston bombing trial

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, shown in a court sketch with his lawyers as the jury returned its sentence
Tsarnaev showed no emotion in court as the jury returned its sentence

A US jury has sentenced Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection. Tsarnaev stood next to his lawyer. He tilted his head to the side and shifted his weight from one foot to the other as he heard the clerk read the notes from the jurors. After the death sentence was announced, he bowed his head.
Three people were killed and 260 were injured when Tsarnaev, now 21, and his brother placed bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.Tsarnaev is likely to be moved to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to await execution, but there could be years of appeals. Victims sobbed as the sentence was read, but Tsarnaev showed no emotion."Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, 'an eye for an eye'," said bombing victim Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death and whose mother lost both legs.After 14 hours of deliberations, the jury concluded that Tsarnaev showed no remorse and therefore should be put to death.
"The jury has spoken. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will pay for his crimes with his life,'' said US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.

Runners continue to run towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon as an explosion erupts near the finish line of the race

 Three were killed and over 260 injured when two bombs detonated

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaevwere captured in photos on the day of the bombing

Massachusetts as a state ended the death penalty in 1984, but Tsarnaev was tried on federal charges, meaning he was eligible for execution.
After the sentence was announced, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: "The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families.''
But not all of the victims supported the death penalty for Tsarnaev. The parents of Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy killed in the blast, wrote an article in the Boston Globe newspaper last month asking the government to not seek a death sentence as it would delay their emotional closure.

The Associated Press news agency reached Tsarnaev's father, Anzor Tsarnaev, by phone in the Russian region of Dagestan on Friday. He moaned after hearing the sentence and hung up.
During the trial, Tsarnaev's defence team admitted that he had played a role in the attacks but said that his older brother, Tamerlan - shot dead by police in the subsequent manhunt - was the driving force.
Lawyers also highlighted his difficult early life. The Tsarnaevs - ethnic Chechens - had lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the volatile Dagestan region of Russia, near Chechnya. The family moved to the US in 2002.
But prosecutors argued that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was an equal partner in the attack, showing the jury a message he wrote on the boat where he was arrested.
"Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop," it read.
Throughout the trial, the jurors heard grisly testimony from bombing survivors. They described seeing their legs blown off or watching someone next to them die.
At the start of the penalty phase, the prosecutors showed jurors a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raising his middle finger to a jail cell security camera months after his arrest.
"This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged," prosecutor Nadine Pellegrin said.
The victims
From left: Krystle Campbell Lu Lingzi and Martin Richard
*Restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, had gone to watch a friend complete the race
*Chinese graduate student Lu Lingzi was studying statistics at Boston University
*Eight-year-old Martin Richard was standing with his family, cheering the runners

1 comment:

  1. Jeannie,

    Giving him the death sentence is a dumb decision. First, it will take years if not decades to execute him. During that time the state will pay for countless appeals and lawyer fees. It will probably cost upwards of 10,000,000 to try to execute. (Yes that is Ten Million).
    Second, during this time the victims will be constantly updated on the appeals, the rulings etc etc. They will never have the chance to move on. Had he been given life without parole he would get one appeal and that would be it. He would then spend the rest of his life in a small cell with no outside contact and kept in the cell 23 of 24 hours a day. That would be what he would have to look forward to for the next 50 years. Does anyone really think the death penalty is worse than that? It is the victims who will suffer by this decision not the defendant. (And no, I am not against the death penalty altogether.)

    When a murder confesses he should not be tried. If he stands up in front of the judge and admits his guilt, he should be taken out behind the courthouse and be executed.
    1. Firing squad.
    2. Hanging
    3. Or by the same method he killed his victims.
    Let the family of the victim(s) make that decision.
    LIberals always say that the death penalty is not a deterrent. Let me ask them this:
    Has anyone who was executed ever try to kill anyone again? If that's not a deterrent, what the hell is?

    Justice delayed is justice denied.
    The American public wants the decision of the death penalty but they don't want the actual executions".Many other important people quoted as saying that he will never be executed.Very discouraging for the victims and the relatives.They will never heal or have closure.The Media,the entertainment industry,and Academia have a stranglehold on opinion in this country.
    I'd be surprised if this guy is ever executed. He'll be able to appeal, re-appeal, cite technicalities etc., etc., until he dies of old age.
    Well done Jeannie.
    Just my humble opinion


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