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Supreme Court Reinstates Death Penalty Option for Boston Marathon Bomber

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A huge Supreme Court ruling came down to reinstate the potential for a death sentence to be handed down to the surviving Boston Marathon bomber. The Justices voted 6-3 to reinstate the death sentence for the terrorist.

An earlier court’s ruling was tossed out that jurors should have been informed of the role his brother played as an accomplice. The defendant, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, committed the April 2013 terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

The terror attack occurred towards the finish line of the Boston Marathon where the two brothers placed homemade bombs make out of pressure cookers into backpacks.

The attack killed three and severely injured 255. Writing the opinion of the court, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote “The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. He received one.”

Daily Mail reports:

The First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled in 2020 that the trial judge improperly excluded evidence that could have shown Tsarnaev was deeply influenced by his older brother, Tamerlan, and was somehow less responsible for the carnage. Tamerlan was shot dead by cops in the Boston suburb of Watertown four days after the terror attack.

The appeals court also faulted the judge for not sufficiently questioning jurors about their exposure to extensive news coverage of the bombing, but the Supreme Court has now ruled that this was a moot point. 

Three liberal justices dissented, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing when “death is at stake…particular judicial care” is required. “In my view, the Court of Appeals acted lawfully in holding that the District Court should have allowed Dzhokhar to introduce this evidence,” Breyer wrote.

Daniel Habib, a lawyer for Tsarnaev, declined to comment about the ruling. Tsarnaev was found guilty in 2015 for the deaths of Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts; and 8-year-old Martin Richard, of Boston.

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  1. BARBARA

    March 5, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    SORRY , BUT HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND THE HARM AND DEATH THAT IT BROUGHT. – YES HE SHOULD GET THE DEATH PENALTY -IT WAS AN ACT TERRORISM. AND TO GIVE US A FINGER. SHOWS HE HAS NO REMORSE OF WHAT HE DID.!!! SO BE IT.

  2. catherine

    March 5, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Someone CUT his finger off. he deserves the death penalty.

  3. Oliver Harris

    March 7, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Supreme Court to Tsarnev: ‘We’re not dzhoking.Three strikes and you’re out’

  4. Pherbia Sstephens

    March 7, 2022 at 10:59 am

    He got what he deserved. Why should he live after taking lives and leaving so many injured?

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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