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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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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