The Supreme Court has agreed to review reinstating the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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The Boston Marathon tragedy occurred almost 8 years ago, on April 15th, 2013.
3 people were killed and more than 260 injured when Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, planted 2 bombs near the finish line.
Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days later on 18 April.
But Tsarnaev fled and was found the following day hiding in a boat in the backyard of a house.
Following his arrested, Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 for many charges including the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, and Lingzi Lu.
At the time, he was sentenced to death but this was over turned in July last year.
The appeals court ruled that Tsarnaev's death sentence should be overturned because the trial judge had not questioned jurors closely enough about their exposure to pre-trial publicity and failed to exclude jurors who had already concluded that Tsarnaev was guilty.
At the time, it was said he "will remain confined to prison for the rest of his life."
But now, he could be facing the death penalty again.
As the Supreme Court has agreed to review the lower court opinion that cleared his death sentence.
But, while punishment is necessary...
The possible reinstatement has received mixed opinions...
Absolutely appalling that a so-called called civilised society still has, and uses, the #deathpenalty .— Syvila Chaplin 💙 (@ChaplinSyvila) March 22, 2021
Let him sit in jail miserable for the rest of his (hopefully) long life. Death is the easy way out.— Don’t even @ me—but I’ll @ you (@Ambie0284) March 22, 2021
He was old enough and sane enough to decide to place that backpack down literal inches away from little Martin Richard and his family. He was old enough and sane enough to decide not to do that, as well. Let the punishment fit the crime, for once. For. Once.— tell your dog i said hi (@sanndeemm) March 23, 2021
It sad why this world in so much chaos there is no fear of GOD and the people who running this country and the Judges and the laws they think their upholding don’t no GOD and they want to house these killers and study them and feed them instead of putting them to death.— Ozzie Patterson (@PattersonOzzie) March 22, 2021
Agreed...the fact that they even overruled this decision in the first place is mind blowing...do you remember those first few days, we were in terror, then in lockdown, especially Watertown...nope reinstate it and end it!!!— terihallisey (@teririch1124) March 22, 2021
Why are we talking about him, he should just be ignored in prison after what he did to our City— M (@tattooboy2020) March 22, 2021
What do you have to do to be put to death now a days? Maybe their would be less murder if this was less confusing.— CrisCross (@Criscross4r) March 22, 2021
Why the hell is he still alive— Rated Juan (@JuanXXXsince89) March 22, 2021
You’re right it helps no one other than to farther install cruelty in our lives— Diane Berge (@DbergeBerge) March 23, 2021
Back in October 2020, while the Trump administration was still in the White House, the Justice Department requested the Supreme Court step in.
As per CNN, they argued that the bombs "caused devastating injuries that left the street with a ravaged, combat-zone look" with "blood and body parts everywhere, littered among BBs, nails, metal scraps and glass fragments."
They also argued that the case was "one of the most important terrorism prosecutions in our nation's history."
The Supreme Court will now decide whether to reinstate the death sentence.
Regardless of the outcome, it is unclear whether Tsarnaev will actually face the penalty due to Biden's opposition to the death penalty.
Earlier this year, President Joe Biden said he will seek to end the death penalty.
Though there are currently no updates in regards to any potential changes.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear Tsarnaev's case later this year.
But, regardless of the Supreme Court outcome, Tsarnaev will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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