Lawyers representing the 2013 Boston Marathon bomber fought to overturn his death penalty Friday; arguing the jury pool was “composed of people already planning” capital punishment for his crime.
“Tszarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, set off pressure cooker bombs at the Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013, killing Martin Richard, an 8-year-old third-grader from Dorchester; Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; and Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager from Medford,” reports the Boston Globe.
“According to the defense, the jury that voted to sentence Tsarnaev to death in 2015 from drawn from a pool of people, nearly everyone of whom was familiar with the broad details of the terror attack. The defense said 99.7 potential jurors knew about the bombing,” adds the newspaper.
“Even if a juror honestly believes before trial that he or she can objectively hear the evidence, when a community has been aroused to a fever pitch the prospective juror may come to fear ‘return[ing] to neighbors’ with anything other than a guilty verdict and a death sentence,’’ his defense lawyers wrote.
“Before being seated, the foreperson of this capital jury had published an online post calling the defendant whom she later voted to sentence to death a ‘piece of garbage,’” they added. “Actual prejudice has been shown and reversal is required.”
Read the full report at the Boston Globe.
BERNIE: Boston Marathon Bomber Has ‘Right to Vote’ from Death Row to Create ‘Vibrant Democracy’
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his proposal to allow convicted felons to vote from federal prisons Monday night; saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -the Boston Marathon Bomber- should be “enfranchised” to protect a “vibrant democracy.”
— CNN (@CNN) April 23, 2019
“You have said that you believe that people with felony records should be allowed to vote while in prison. Does this mean that you would support enfranchising people like the Boston Marathon bomber?” asked an audience member during Monday’s town hall event.
“I believe in creating a vibrant democracy… If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they’re gonna be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime,” said Sanders.
“But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people,” he added.
BERNIE GOES OFF: Sanders Says GOP Opposition to Felons Voting is Attempt to Block ‘People of Color’
Vermont Senator and potential 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders doubled-down on his insistence that convicted felons be allowed to vote from prison Wednesday; saying Republican opposition to his policy is simply an attempt to “deny people of color.”
“If you are an American citizen, even if you do something terrible… we cannot take away your right to vote whether you’re in jail, whether you’ve left jail. Clearly what Republicans are doing is trying to deny people of color the right to vote,” said Sanders at the US Capitol.
Sen. Bernie Sanders: "If you are an American citizen, even if you do something terrible… we cannot take away your right to vote whether you're in jail, whether you've left jail. Clearly what Republicans are doing is trying to deny people of color the right to vote." pic.twitter.com/LtsZ3emHnQ
— The Hill (@thehill) May 1, 2019
The Senator stunned the audience during a televised town hall debate last week when he said convicted terrorists -like the Boston Marathon bomber- have the right to vote in local and national elections while serving their prison sentences.