Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence

Appeals court overturns Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence

The three-judge panel of the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued the decision on Friday more than six months after arguments were heard in the case. Tamerlan was killed after the hijacking in a shootout with police that ended with Dzhokhar running him over with the vehicle.

However, a judge said: "But make no mistake, Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution".

The April 15, 2013, attack in Boston left three dead and injured more than 260 others who were in the area after two pressure-cooker bombs were detonated by the Tsarnaev brothers. Tsarnaev was convicted on 30 charges, which include conspiracy and the use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off bombs during the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

But they argued that Dzhokar Tsarnaev Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is less culpable than his brother, who they said was the mastermind behind the attack. Prior to that, three people had been executed by the federal government in the past three decades, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

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They also questioned the neutrality of two jurors, who lied during jury selection about whether they'd had conversations about the case on social media.

On the day of his sentencing, Mr. Tsarnaev admitted his crimes.

Tsarnaev's lawyers have long argued that intense media coverage of the bombing had made it impossible to have a fair trial in Boston.

Justice Thompson said the pervasive news coverage of the bombings and their aftermath featured "bone-chilling" photos and videos of Mr. Tsarnaev, now 27, and his brother carrying backpacks at the marathon and of those injured and killed near its finish line.

As a result, Tsarnaev could again be sentenced to death, but the government must first decide whether it wants to pursue capital punishment.

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"By not having the jurors identify what it was they already thought they knew about the case, the judge made it too hard for himself and the parties to determine both the nature of any taint (e.g., whether the juror knew something prejudicial not to be conceded at trial) and the possible remedies for the taint", Thompson wrote.

In another part of the opinion, Judge Juan Torruella wrote that the district court judge relied on "self-declarations of impartiality" by prospective jurors, calling that "an error of law and an abuse of discretion".

President Trump shared his disagreement with the court's ruling while visiting Florida.

"I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering that I have caused you, for the damage I have done, irreparable damage", said Tsarnaev.

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