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US Supreme Court Weighs Death Sentence For Boston Marathon Bomber

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 28, was 19 when he and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted two home-made bombs near the finish line of the 2013 race, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

Washington: 

President Joe Biden’s opposition to capital punishment will be put to the side Wednesday when the US Justice Department tries to convince the Supreme Court to reinstate the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev, 28, was 19 when he and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted two home-made bombs near the finish line of the April 15, 2013 race, killing three people and injuring 264 others.

On the run, the two also killed a policeman. Tamerlan was then killed in a gunfight with police.

In 2015 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 counts and given the death penalty as well as sentences of life in prison.

The case was appealed on issues of alleged trial irregularities including in the jury.

In July 2020 the appeals court left in place most of the convictions but annulled the death sentence and ordered the lower court to hold a new sentencing trial with a new jury.

In October the Justice Department, then under pro-capital punishment attorney general Bill Barr, appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court.

News Credit: NDTV.com

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