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SergeantQueen's avatar

How do you guys feel about the Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's, death sentence being overturend?

Asked by SergeantQueen (10487points) 1 month ago


“Tsarnaev’s attorneys identified a slew of issues with his trial, but said in a brief filed with the court that the “first fundamental error” was the judge’s refusal to move the case out of Boston. They also pointed to social media posts from two jurors suggesting they harbored strong opinions even before the 2015 trial started.

Basically, the judge didn’t screen for juror bias first.

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johnpowell's avatar

I’m not a fan of the death penalty so it works for me.

chyna's avatar

As long as he never gets out, I’m fine with it.

Darth_Algar's avatar

I’m fine with it.

cookieman's avatar

“But make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison…” Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote in the ruling

Fine with me. Don’t like the death penalty anyway. And I’m from Boston, so y’all can fight me.

SergeantQueen's avatar

Not going to fight. Just curious on opinions.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I find the death penalty to be abhorrent. The state shouldn’t be allowed to execute people that it already has in custody—especially its own citizens. Eleven concurrent life sentences are enough.

The appeals court sent the case back to the penalty phase for resentencing, however, so Tsarnaev could still be sentenced to death.

Caravanfan's avatar

Good. The death penalty is barbaric.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Let him rot in prison.

hmmmmmm's avatar

I’m not a fan of the state murdering people, so this is good.

cookieman's avatar

Also, as my wife can attest, who worked in a maximum security prison for a bit, prison is no picnic. Rotting there for the rest of his life is a more fitting punishment than being put to death, IMHO.

chyna's avatar

^Agree. And he is very young, so it could potentially be a very long, hard life for him.

cookieman's avatar

@chyna: Exactly. There’s a lot going against him.

There are gangs in prison. Many racist, anti Muslim.

As you say, he’s young and thus a cute target.

By all accounts, his older brother was the aggressor and he was more passive and manipulated.

All of these make him a target for abuse. Gonna be a long 60+ years for him.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I didn’t know this happened, but I’m actually glad to hear that it did because I don’t support the death penalty.

Kardamom's avatar

I think the death penalty is a terrible idea. As long as he stays in prison for life, I’m totally OK with it.

gorillapaws's avatar

He still has the death penalty. He’s going to die in prison, where he belongs. Life in prison without parole is a (passive) form of the death penalty.

Coolhandluke's avatar

A bullet is 50 cents.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Coolhandluke So what you’re saying is that you trust the government enough to have the power to kill it’s citizens’ without due process? Cool. Didn’t realize you were a fan of “Big Government.” Moving the US judicial system to be more like China does make sense to some I guess…

Coolhandluke's avatar

@gorillapaws the POS killed people. There’s proof. Kill him back.

cookieman's avatar

@Coolhandluke: If it’s punishment you seek, there are worse things than death.

gorillapaws's avatar

@Coolhandluke “There’s proof.”

Proof from what source? How was it obtained? Is it verifyable by experts? Shouldn’t we ask these questions or do you just want to take the word of the Government that “there’s proof?” Because asking these kinds of questions and proving beyond a reasonable doubt, IS due process, and that’s why it’s so expensive to execute someone.

Hey, maybe you should learn Mandarin or Cantonese if you’d prefer to live in a country without constitutional protections?

SergeantQueen's avatar

He was already found guilty. They more than likely are not going to re-do the entire trial, just give him life in prison. It got overturned because the judge failed to find a jury without bias, which I can almost guarantee would be impossible now. So they probably aren’t going to start everything all over.

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