Washington D.C., Mar 22, 2021 / 14:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
As the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Archdiocese of Boston is praying for an end to violence and for Tsarnaev’s victims.
“The news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this case does not diminish the fact that justice through conviction for the crimes committed has been rendered,” the Archdiocese of Boston told CNA on Monday.
The high court had just granted certiorari to an appeal of a federal court decision vacating Tsarnaev’s death sentence.
In 2015, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on four murder charges and sentenced to death for orchestrating the bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon with his brother Tamerlan. The bombing killed three and injured hundreds. During their ensuing run from police, the two shot and killed one police officer, and another police officer died from injuries in a shootout with them. Tamerlan died after being run over by an SUV driven by Dzokhar, while fleeing police.
While both the Obama and Trump administrations have pushed for the federal death penalty for Tsarnaev, the White House has previously stated President Biden’s opposition to the federal death penalty. In United States v. Tsarnaev, which the Supreme Court will hear in the fall term, the court will consider the death penalty for Tsarnaev.