As the principal source of evidence for other murders, an FBI agent assassinated a man called Ibragim Todashev during an interrogation in 2013. By failing to properly screen potential juror bias following widespread coverage of the bombing, the Supreme Court concluded that the judge did not violate Tsarnaev’s right to a fair trial.
On April 15, 2013, the Tsarnaev brothers exploded two homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing one police officer in the process. When police and Tamerlan Tsarnaev got into a shootout, the latter was killed. Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in 2015 for planting a bomb that murdered 8-year-old Martin Richard and 23-year-old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu. The second bomb murdered 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Campbell.
A victim of the second blast, Marc Fucarile, said the Supreme Court “did the right thing” and that the three justices who dissented “should be ashamed.” Under Biden’s presidency, Fucarile stated he had no faith that Tsarnaev’s death sentence would be carried out.
It’s time for him to get his comeuppance,” fucarile, 43, remarked. There must be a message sent: you cannot simply kill innocent people and detonate explosive devices in the midst of a crowd.
Mikey Borgard, a victim of the attack, attended Tsarnaev’s trial and opposes the death penalty for anyone. Borgard said the Supreme Court’s decision was “not only erroneous in its reasoning but embarrassingly lacking in its moral and ethical fibre.”
17 years passed before Trump oversaw the executions of 13 federal prisoners in the final six months of his term. Nate Raymond and Katharine Jackson contributed additional reporting, editing was done by Will Dunham. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles form the basis of our standards.
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