BREAKING: SCOTUS Reinstates Death Penalty For Boston Bomber
The Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the death penalty on Friday for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber who survived the incident.
The 6-3 vote comes after a federal appeals court previously overturned the sentence in July 2020, claiming the ruling necessary due to alleged interferences in the trial.
“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed heinous crimes,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority, comprising the court’s six allegedly ‘conservative; members. “The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. He received one.”
Justice Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all dissented, with Breyer indicating he believes the previous overturning of the death penalty remained lawfully consistent.
“This Court now reverses the Court of Appeals,” Breyer wrote. “In my view, the Court of Appeals acted lawfully in holding that the District Court should have allowed Dzhokhar to introduce this evidence.”
The Bostom bomber argued in his defense that his older brother had radicalized him into committing the heinous acts, thus deeming him less culpable.
“Dzhokhar argued that Tamerlan was a highly violent man, that Tamerlan radicalized him, and that Dzhokhar participated in the bombings because of Tamerlan’s violent influence and leadership,” Breyer wrote.
Interestingly, the Post pointed out that the surviving criminal of the Bostom bombing, Dzhokhar, tried to introduce evidence that Tamerlan previously killed three people in an unrelated triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 2011 in order to back up his claims of radicalization. Some mainstream media outlets had picked up on that possibility years ago, with reports written as far back as 2013.
Justice Breyer also took time in his dissent to further push his own personal political opinions on how the judicial system ought to function.
“I have written elsewhere about the problems inherent in a system that allows for the imposition of the death penalty,” Breyer wrote in his dissent. “This case provides just one more example of some of those problems.”
The surviving Boston bomber may not be put to death anytime soon in spite of the Supreme Court’s ruling; a moratorium on executions was announced by the Justice Department last July.
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