August 21, 2020

US government seeks to reinstate Boston bomber death penalty

New York (AFP) – The US Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court’s recent decision to quash the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials said.”Our hope is that this will result in reinstatement of the original sentence and avoid a retrial of the death penalty phase,” Massachusetts prosecutor Andrew Lelling said in a statement late Thursday.Tsarnaev, 27, was sentenced to death in 2015 for planting two home-made bombs near the finish line of the race in 2013, killing three people and injuring 264 others.He has admitted carrying out t…


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