Possibility Of New Boston Marathon Bomber Trial Brings Torment
From a story being reported on by WTEN/News 10 Albany, after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015, the family of the youngest victim urged prosecutors to abandon their bid for the death penalty, warning that years of appeals would only keep him in the spotlight and prolong their unthinkable suffering.
Five years on, the possibility of a new trial to decide whether Tsarnaev should be executed after an appeals court tossed the 27-year-old’s death sentence has brought angst and misery to many still healing from the attack that happened back in 2013.
Rebekah Gregory posted on social media, "What about the innocent lives that were taken that day? Where is their justice? How is this in any way fair for those families to be forced to endure the agony a second trial will bring?”
Rebekah was one of the many people that were injured during the Marathon bombing. One of her legs had to be amputated after the blast left her critically injured.
More than likely, Federal prosecutors will appeal Friday’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, if the decision stands, prosecutors will face the difficult decision of asking victims to recount their trauma at another trial.
A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the judge who oversaw Tsarnaev’s case did not adequately screen jurors for bias and ordered a new penalty-phase trial to decide whether he should be put to death. The court upheld most of his convictions.
Last Friday, an attorney for Tsarnaev said that “it is now up to the government to determine whether to put the victims and Boston through a second trial, or to allow closure to this terrible tragedy by permitting a sentence of life without the possibility of release.”
President Trump on Sunday tweeted that the federal government “must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand."
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