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Trump says feds must seek death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

President Donald J. Trump walks from the White House to deliver remarks at the Rolling Back Regulations to Help All Americans event Thursday, July 16, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Delano Scott)

President Donald J. Trump commented on the decision by the U.S. Appeals Court to overturn the death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a tweet Sunday morning.

Trump posted an article about the decision on Twitter and stated, “Death penalty! He killed and badly wounded many. Justice!”

Tsarnaev and his late older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off bombs during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

The decision from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ordered that a new jury must be empaneled and a new penalty-phase trial on whether Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty will take place.

The death sentence for Tsarnaev was vacated due to a judge’s error.

“And just to be crystal clear: Because we are affirming the convictions (excluding the three convictions) and the many life sentences imposed on those remaining counts (which Dzhokhar has not challenged), Dzhokhar will remain confined to prison for the rest of his life, with the only question remaining being whether the government will end his life by executing him,” read the decision written by Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Trump had called the decision “ridiculous” shortly after it was made.

Tsarnaev’s attorneys had argued it was unfair for the trial to be held in U.S. District Court in Boston because all of eastern Massachusetts was affected by the attack.


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