May 15, 2015

Death penalty for Boston bomber

Brian LilleyArchive

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty.

It took the jury in Boston 14 hours over three days to arrive at the decision that Tsarnaev, who along with his brother Tamerlan killed three people in the bombing attack plus an MIT security in a subsequent shooting, deserved the death penalty.

Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombing.

The bombing also injured 260 people including 17 that lost legs.

Dzhokhar was found guilty last month of all 30 charges filed against him, 17 of those charges carried the possibility of the death penalty.

According to the Boston Globe, Tsarnaev's lawyers had tried to portray the younger brother as an innocent victim who followed his violence prone older brother around like a puppy dog and wound up ensnared in the plot.

The defense never contested his guilt, focusing instead on the second phase of the trial, in which the jury was asked to determine whether Tsarnaev should get life in prison without parole or a death sentence. Over 11 days of testimony jurors heard from more than 60 witnesses, most of them called by the defense in an effort to humanize Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev did not testify himself during either phase, showing little emotion as he sat in the courtroom, leaving him an inscrutable figure to the jury that decided his fate.

That strategy didn't work and on Friday afternoon the jury returned the verdict, his fate perhaps sealed by his own words, written during the manhunt that brought him to justice.

But he wrote a statement in the boat where he was captured, saying he had acted because the US government was “killing our innocent civilians. ... We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”

Prosecutor Steven Mellin, in his closing argument, cited a line from the note that said, “Now I don’t like killing innocent people, but in this case it is allowed.”

“These are the words of a terrorist who thought he did the right thing,” Mellin told jurors. “His actions have earned him a sentence of death.”

Massachusetts outlawed the death penalty in 1984. However Tsarnaev qualifies under American federal law which allows the death penalty under certain circumstances. 


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commented 2015-05-17 09:11:35 -0400
Now, send him onto the express lane for his execution and get the cremation fires started. He doesn’t deserve a box.
commented 2015-05-16 15:58:33 -0400
The judge could never let Tsarnaev off with less than the death penalty…the risk of a copy-cat is too great to give him less than that, appeal or not… I don’t rejoice in this or wish it on him but then, nor did I wish the sentence HE DECLARED on the people of Boston. He heartlessly and mercilessly sentenced thousands to death with impunity. Just because he didn’t succeed in killing more people is no reason to let him off with less than he gave…unfortunately he has only one life to give for all the mayhem he created…he is getting off quite well with only the death penalty. A little torture and hard labour, to match the lives of those he sentenced to living with damaged and missing limbs would be a fitting prelude to the death penalty that might be more in line with justice … one cannot argue with the jury on what they gave except to make the penalty more closely fit the crime. Perhaps after his death, his body parts could be used at least to save a few lives and help others. This is something he didn’t think of during his life but it might be a fitting end.
commented 2015-05-16 15:40:25 -0400
@ Liza…real shepherd’s pie is supposed to be made from lamb!…no problem for Muslims…(never pork in my books)…
commented 2015-05-16 15:39:08 -0400
@ Greg re your joke about a Jewish princess…actually…just shows she is much smarter than the rest of us…I’ll remember to try that next time!
commented 2015-05-16 11:04:37 -0400
Liza, I doubt that lawyer Dennis Edney’s rich comfortable wife has touched a cooking pot in years, if ever. She would be horrified at the thought of Shepherds’s Pie. “Oh goodness! How ghastly! It’s not make of real shepherds is it?”

My guess is that the old joke about a jewish american princess could come into play here.
Q——What does a jewish american princess make for dinner?
(Sorry Mr. Levant no anti semitism here. It’s just a joke with no harm meant.)
commented 2015-05-16 00:25:37 -0400
And Omar Khadr gets his lawyers wife’s Shepard’s pie. I wonder if he is aware of the pork content of said pie. What are we doing, going from 40 years in Gitmo, to an 8 yr deal with Canada down to what was it 5? That’s not served time, its a farce. Tsaraev, if it actually happens, will get what is coming to him no question. His victims and their family members will have some closure, not so with Christopher Speers widow and family. Shame on you , shame on us.
commented 2015-05-15 23:28:59 -0400
I don’t condone the death penalty but it will be the determining message to anyone considering joining the North American version of the ISIS club and is not quite sold on the requirement to be a ‘martyr’.
One consideration though for this sentencing is that because of Tsaraev’s beliefs he would want to be ‘martyred’. His fellow terrorists will be joyful he will be a martyr for the cause, or, they’ll do something extreme. Who knows what they’ll try to do. Either way his case may start extreme activities.
I would think, however, Dzhokhar Tsaraev was wishing he and his brother had bombed somewhere in Canada. Imagine, he’d be free in a few years and could join up with Omar Khadr.
(I agree 100% about the Supreme Court Judges. Canada’s SCC is demonstrating they are in power, not the Government, not Physicians, and they have zero consideration for Canadians…they simply want to be in the history books.)
commented 2015-05-15 23:21:41 -0400
Do the same thing the gays did to get every victory they’ve got so far.
Talk about it constantly. Force the idea into every conversation. Hit politicians with demands for answers about it no matter what the subject matter is discussed. Put judges on the defensive with accusations of living high on the hog and being out of touch.

It could be fun.
commented 2015-05-15 21:56:19 -0400
I think we are all in agreement, judges should be elected.

Now, how do we go about doing that? :)
commented 2015-05-15 21:46:34 -0400
…“I like the American way better. If you want to sit as a supreme court justice you had better be ready to have your entire life examined with a microscope”. I think that would be an excellent idea.
commented 2015-05-15 21:37:37 -0400
“…having elected judges accountable to the community”

I’m with you on this one.
Maybe also we could have a realistic vetting process for potential SCOC justices. Having this elitist snobs go voluntarily in front of a few MPs who ask them pissy-assed softball questions is ridiculous.
I like the American way better. If you want to sit as a supreme court justice you had better be ready to have your entire life examined with a microscope.

A term limit for judges is a reasonable idea too. Why should some activist buffoons like Rosalie Abdella or or Biased Bev get a job for life?
“…America may finally be turning away from Obamaism”
I hope so.
commented 2015-05-15 21:19:53 -0400
Greg, "Remember, we are just the “little people’. the judges know best.” Another great reason for having elected judges accountable to the community! America may finally be turning away from Obamaism. This is good for the free world.
commented 2015-05-15 21:00:14 -0400
Look the worst case scenario is that in 30 years the USA is now a Muslim country and he gets released as a national hero and visits PM Omar K in Canada.
commented 2015-05-15 20:20:10 -0400
Peter Netterville, we can wish for justice like that in Canada but it won’t happen. Even if a referendum were held and a large majority of canadians demanded capital punishment and a majority government were to re-instate the death penalty the SCOC would declare it unconstitutional.

Remember, we are just the "little people’. the judges know best.
commented 2015-05-15 20:15:19 -0400
Opponents of the death penalty? Don’t worry! There will be legions of ACLU and criminal defense lawyers just lining up in breathless anticipation to spit on the graves of the victims so this P.O.S. can live.
commented 2015-05-15 19:59:26 -0400
“Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty.”

Finally! A sentence that matches the crime. Wish we had true justice like that in Canada!
commented 2015-05-15 18:51:42 -0400
When I heard the news of his death penalty I went to you tube and played "Some say the devil is Dead in celebration NOW TAKE HIM OUT AND SHOOT HIM with a female firing squad that way he’ll go to hell.
commented 2015-05-15 17:23:15 -0400
Did anyone think for a moment that this doomed man would not be sentenced to death? I bet when he committed the crime, he believed there could be no death penalty in Massachusetts.

I oppose the death penalty but in this case, I am resigned to it and will shed no tears.

Bravo Zulu is right that Tsarnaev will likely be on death row for 20 years exhausting useless appeal after useless appeal. In that, the sentence is a form of torture Omar Khadr and Dennis Aedney do not understand the meaning of. Too bad.
commented 2015-05-15 17:10:37 -0400
Well, I am sure he will be on “the row” for at least 20 years

commented 2015-05-15 17:02:00 -0400
Good news.
Every time I re-see that terrible scene at the Boston Marathon Finish Line – I think “could that happen at my next Running Room sponsored Event”? And after listening to excerpts from the Drug-addled Victoria BC Leg Bomber trial and must constantly endure the media love-in for Khadr – I fear I know the answer.
commented 2015-05-15 16:49:06 -0400
This will give you some idea how far leftist lawyers will go for the sake of their dubious heroes..

Arguably if the young hot head Marinus Van der Lubbe had not set the German Parliament on fire…Hitler would have never had a pretense to seize power….and he never denied doing it …in fact he spat defiance at the courtroom…

The guy is dead and buried and they still moved Heaven and Earth for an acquittal. Though I suppose he is not the only one.
commented 2015-05-15 16:43:16 -0400
AWESOME NEWS!!!! Hope his mother gets to watch.

Too bad they couldn’t do a “two for one” and hang homer kawder too.
commented 2015-05-15 16:39:52 -0400
They got it right. After his death wrap him in pig skin.
commented 2015-05-15 16:22:05 -0400
Defense: “an innocent victim”? Sounds like the spew the Socialist Media in Canada is throwing up all over the Canadian Public aided and abetted by our Liberal Appointed Judges. Heard on the news the other day, the judge presiding over the couple charged with attempting to blow up the BC Legislature Buildings in Victoria, instructed the jury she believes it is not terrorism. Really? Hopefully, common sense will prevail and the jury will ignore that advice.