U.S. To Seek Death Penalty For Accused Boston Bomber Tsarnaev

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The United States government says it will seek to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is found guilty of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings in April.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on January 30 that he has authorized prosecutors to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev for his alleged role in the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and wounded 264 more.

It was one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the United States since the September 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

Prosecutors allege that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, both ethnic Chechens from Russia, planted two pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Tamerlan died days after the bombings in a shootout with police.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

Source: RFE/RL

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6 Responses to U.S. To Seek Death Penalty For Accused Boston Bomber Tsarnaev

  1. Jay Kenney January 30, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I am generally opposed to the death penalty. In the case of terrorism, however, with the death penalty. I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we must answer the perpetrators of terrorism…with terrorism. It is the only response they will comprehend. The current ROE are woefully inadequate for this war. Gotta take the gloves, I am sorry to write.

  2. Jennifer Smth January 30, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I can understand why they want the death penalty – because they do not want this individual to “speak” the truth as to what really happened.

    Everyone knows the Boston event was a “false flag” and the Tsarnaev brothers were patsys.

    • Jay Kenney January 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      You have piqued my interest. What do you believe Tsarnaev would disclose?

      I love my country, but fear my government.

      • Jennifer Smth January 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        in your browser type ‘boston marathon false flag’ and you will find many sites that will show you proof that it was. as was the sandy hook event. as was the gent who went nuts at the naval yard! these are desperate attempts to implement gun control. you do know they shot Tsarnaev in the throat so that he will never be able to physically speak again.

        • Jay Kenney January 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM

          Thanks. I will check it out.

        • Jay Kenney February 1, 2014 at 11:58 AM

          Facitating. Thanks for the link. Ting is, I also found 14 other Boston Marathon conspiracies. Looks like I will have some research to do to separate the wheat from the chaff. It is always something.


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