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The Supreme Court on Monday approved a government appeal to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, reviewing a lower court decision that errors during the trial compromised his conviction.
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The decision presents President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. https://t.co/nPLuXvcH6W
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 22, 2021
Tsarnaev’s death sentence
If the judges overturn the appeals court, Tsarnaev’s death sentence could be reinstated. Otherwise, he would still be serving several life sentences.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Age
Tsarnaev, 27, was convicted of dozens of crimes in the 2013 terrorist attack that killed three people and sentenced to death in 2015. However, the U.S. Circuit First Circuit Court of Appeals threw the death sentence last year, ruling that the judge in the trial failed to ensure a fair jury after wall-to-wall media coverage of the attack.
Then-Attorney General William Barr promised to appeal, and the Justice Department followed in October. Government lawyers told the court that if the judges did not act on the case, the prosecution would have to repeat the trial and the victims of the attack would be forced to speak out again.
As is customary, the Supreme Court opened the case on Monday without comment. The judges will likely hear arguments in the fall.
A reversal could put President Joe Biden in a difficult position as he campaigned promised to push for laws to abolish the death penalty. Attorney General Merrick Garland told lawmakers during his February confirmation hearing that he was “very concerned” about the federal government’s use of the death penalty, which has resumed Trump executions.
Garland told lawmakers he expected Biden to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty after 13 federal inmates were executed in the last few months of the Trump administration. The Justice Department declined to comment on Monday.
“President Biden has made it clear, as he did during the campaign, that he has serious concerns about whether the death penalty currently being implemented is consistent with the values fundamental to our sense of justice and fairness,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki in response, the court’s decision to hear the appeal.
Psaki also noted that Biden expressed “horror” at the 2013 bombings but did not comment on the specific case and went into greater detail about the president’s plans for the death penalty.
Some conservatives were quick to draw attention to the idea that Tsarnaev was posing an important test of Biden’s resolve on the matter.
“The Biden administration should campaign heavily for the death penalty for this terrorist and justice should be done,” said Senator Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas.
The Biden administration has repeatedly sought to break away from positions taken by President Donald Trump’s Justice Department in court. Officials recently asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a number of cases in which Trump tried to cut federal funding for medical centers that refer patients for abortions, for example.
The new administration and other parties have already received layoffs on cases involving multiple Trump-era immigration policies and questions about the 2020 election.
Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev dropped two bombs shortly before the finish line of the marathon, killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during a city-wide manhunt. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shooting.
Defense lawyers said Tsarnaev did not receive a fair trial because the court did not allow them to investigate potential jurors more aggressively about the impact of media coverage of the bombing on their impartiality. The court had declined his request to ask potential jurors content-specific questions, such as: B. “What do you notice?” From the news they’d consumed about the marathon bombing.
The appeals court also ruled that the judge had committed a mistake in excluding evidencing agencies that had implicated Tamerlan Tsarnaev in other murders. Defense attorneys trying to reschedule the trial from Boston said the evidence could have mitigated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s verdict by demonstrating his brother’s ability to convince others to engage in violence.