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Supreme Court considers reinstating Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a government appeal to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted in 2013.

In July, the federal appeals court in Boston threw out Tsarnaev’s sentence because it said the judge at his trial did not do enough to ensure the jury would not be biased against him.

Then-Attorney General William Barr promised to appeal the decision and the Justice Department followed through in October. The appeals court ordered a new trial to determine whether Tsarnaev should be executed for the 2013 attack.

If the justices overturn the appeals court, Tsarnaev’s death sentence could be reinstated.

Reinstating the death sentence in Tsarnaev’s case could put the Biden administration in a tough spot since President Biden vowed to end the death penalty during his campaign.

The case will not be heard until the fall.

Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the marathon that killed three people and seriously injured more than 250 others. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a shootout.

Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 charges against him, including conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction and the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. Tsarnaev is currently in federal prison in Colorado.

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MS-13 operates as the heavy hand for drug cartels in the U.S.

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Continuity Global Solutions CEO Jerry Torres shared his insight on the rise of cartels at the border with Sara Carter. According to his experience as a defense contractor and documentarian, immigrants aren’t leaving their countries because of the cartels, but for economic opportunity. 

“I’ve met with our special operations forces,” Torres told Carter on the latest episode of The Sara Carter Show. “They have been training on the El Salvador and Special Operations folks, and I met with the deputy director of their special ops folks there. And they said there are no MS-13 here. There might be pockets of them here and there in small neighborhoods, but they pretty much wiped them out.”

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Yet, the Biden administration considers the treat of MS-13 a pillar of their lax immigration policy. Instead, Torres says they’re not a threat at all. The locals actually get along fine despite the organized crime. “They’re not in fear of their country, they’re not in fear of the police, they’re not in fear of MS- 13. They just want a better life,” Torres said. “And the thing is, is if you take a look at what they’re claiming asylum, well, asylum is not for economic reasons.”

Meanwhile, the cartel has taken on a new role: human trafficking. Immigrants aren’t afraid of MS-13 because they turn to them for advice. Sara Carter has been reporting on this symbiotic relationship for years. “They’re basically rehearsing with a lot of the people, the migrants that are coming across, this is what you need to say, when you get across. This is what you need to ask for, or you won’t be able to stay,” Carter said. “So it’s kind of like a dress rehearsal of sorts. Before they come here, they are taught: what are our loopholes and what do you need to say.”

Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice established a task force to fight the murders and other serious crimes committed by MS-13 members.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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