Do you think Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death row?
The day of the Boston Marathon bombing is a day that we will all remember for the rest of our lives.
On April 15, 2013, two shrapnel-packed pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed 3 people and wounded 260 others. A few days later, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was gunned down while the two responsible for the bombing tried to escape.
Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty
On Wednesday, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts that were brought against him. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a gun-battle with the police after the bombing.
CNN reported that Dzhokhar was found guilty of,
- Using weapons of mass destruction,
- Of bombing a public place of use,
- Of conspiracy,
- Aiding and abetting and more.
He was found guilty of 30 counts, 17 of those counts are punishable by the death penalty.
The Second Phase
The trial will resume next week for the second phase. This next phase will determine Tsarnaev’s punishment.
CNN describes the jury’s “next assignment: deciding whether the man responsible for the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, should pay with his life.”
The second phase is what Tsarnaev’s defense attorney has been preparing for. According the Detroit Free Press Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s defense “attorney is one of the nation’s foremost death-penalty specialists and an expert in keeping her clients off death row.” She defended and saved the lives of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, and Susan Smith a mother who drowned her two children back in 1994.
CNN reports that Clarke has already been laying the ground work for this next phase. Clarke will argue that Dzhokhar was under his brother’s influence. She referred to Dzhokhar as a kid and teenager.
In the Detroit Free Press report, it was Tamerlan who bought the pressure cookers and the BBs while Dzhokhar was at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. It was Tamerlan whose computer showed search terms like “detonator” and “transmitter and receiver”. The bombs also had Tamerlan’s fingerprints on it, not Dzhokhar’s.
However, the prosecution will argue that he brothers were “partners in crime” as CNN put it. The prosecution will remind the jurors of Dzhokhar’s manifesto. Dzhokhar hid in a boat and while helicopter were overhead and sirens were blaring wrote these statements,
“I am jealous of my brother who has received the reward of (paradise.) … I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions.”
“The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that. As a Muslim, I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body. You hurt one, you hurt us all.”
“Know that you are fighting men who look into the barrel of your gun and see heaven. Now, how can you compete with that? We are promised victory and we will surely get it. Now I don’t like killing innocent people. It is forbidden in Islam. But due to (bullet hole), it is allowed.”
“Stop killing our people and we will stop.”
What do you think? Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be sentenced to the death penalty?