Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

by Kindsey on January 30, 2014 - 5:44pm

In the article written by Denise Lavoie "US Prosecutors Say They Will Seek Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect" (published January 30th), it is revealed that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the suspected responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing will be trialed for the death sentence. Some of the accusations against him are the following: betraying the US after "receiv[ing] asylum", "using a weapon of mass destruction to kill", first degree murder of a police officer and an 8 year-old (premeditation) and lack of remorse for his actions. Since Tsarnaev’s older brother was killed during the pursuit of the suspects, the defense lawyers will try to press his influence as the reason for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s actions. Thus, clearing him from the death penalty.

                While his actions are without doubt wrong and require consequences, the death penalty is maybe not the answer. I, for one, am against the death penalty. A person will think twice before committing murder if they know that this could bring about their death. However, some murderers are psychopaths who have no sense of reality and therefore would not care that they would die in the end. Prison is probably best because it can give Tsarnaev the option of figuring out why his actions were wrong.


I really liked your summary and your opinion about the subject. However, if someone committed man slaughter, should he or she really have an opportunity to sit in jail and think if what they did was wrong? If someone commits man slaughter in an event with a whole bunch of innocent people, I think that that person should not be shown pity or remorse, and be sentence to death and suffer the same fate as their victims!

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