After a federal appeals court struck down the death penalty for one of the Boston Marathon attackers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Supreme Court decides whether to reimpose it or not.
Although Merrick Garland, the attorney general, ordered a moratorium on executions of the federal system, the Department of Justice remains in this mandate as in the previous one, and defends the death penalty for Tsarnaev.
He was condemned because, along with his older brother, Tamerlan, placed two homemade pressure cooker pumps near the goal of the marathon of that city in 2013, which cost the lives of three people and injured hundreds more, some amputees or seriously.
Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with police days later. Dzokhar, then 19 years old, was found when he was hiding in a house.
The surviving offender’s defense wanted to pass him off as someone dominated by his violent older brother, 26 years old when the events took place. But the young man was accused of being “a radical jihadist hell-bent on killing Americans. ” Many sectors, including the people who survived the attack, support that the youngest of the Tsarnaevs be sentenced to death. Either way, if he isn’t sent to death row, he faces life in prison.