Mar 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court to consider reinstating death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

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Supreme Court. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider reinstating the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, AP reports.

Context: Tsarnaev and his brother planted bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds.

  • An appeals court last year tossed Tsarnaev's death sentence, finding that the judge in his 2015 trial failed to guarantee a fair jury due to extensive media coverage.
  • The 27-year-old continues to serve a life sentence.

The big picture: Although the death penalty is opposed by most liberals, conservatives continue to back capital punishment. The Supreme Court currently has a strong conservative lean, with the last three vacancies on the bench filled by former President Donald Trump.

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