Trump calls for do-over of the Boston Marathon bomber trial

Trump calls for do-over of the Boston bomber trial

US President Donald Trump called for a do-over of the original trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The president tweeted for the bomber to be re-sentenced to death after an appeals court overturned the death penalty.

“Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” Trump tweeted. Also Read– Donald Trump suggests postponing 2020 US presidential election

“So many lives lost and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand,” he added.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev admitted to planting two homemade bombs as a 19-year-old near the finish line of the race in 2013, killing three people and injuring 264 others. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in 2015 and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died four days after the atrocity in a gunfight with police.

Citing in particular issues with neutrality in the jury selection process, a federal appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday upheld most of Tsarnaev’s convictions but instructed a district court to hold a new penalty-phase trial to determine his fate for crimes that carried the death sentence.

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Regardless of the new trial’s outcome, Tsarnaev will remain “confined to prison for the rest of his life,” the three appellate judges said. 

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Attorneys for Tsarnaev claimed his brother was the more culpable of the two because Dzhokhar had no history of violence. President Trump has regularly called for increased use of the death penalty. His administration, in the runup to the November 4 election, are determined to carry out a record number of federal executions.

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