WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounds ready to reinstate the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
In more than 90 minutes of arguments Wednesday, the court’s six conservative justices seemed likely to embrace the Biden administration’s argument that a federal appeals court mistakenly threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence for his role in the bombing that killed three people near the finish line of the marathon in 2013.
The 1st U.S. The Circuit Court of Appeals of Boston ruled last summer that the trial judge had excluded evidence that might have indicated that Tsarnaev was heavily influenced by his older brother.
Tsarnaev’s guilt in the shocking bombing near the finish line of the marathon in 2013 was not at issue in the case being disputed. Instead, the justices debated whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced for life imprisonment or death.
In 2015, Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a federal judge. He also received multiple life sentences in subsequent cases.
Tsarnaev was recommended by a federal jury to be executed. The jury recommended that Tsarnaev be executed on the grounds of the pressure cooker bomb that he planted and set off in front of a restaurant.
Tsarnaev was found guilty by the same jury of all 30 charges.