Washington D.C., Mar 4, 2022 / 13:46 pm
The Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of killing four people in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
In a 6-3 decision, with Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the court found that Tsarnaev had received a fair trial in 2015 and had been justly sentenced to death.
While the commonwealth of Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, Tsarnaev was charged and convicted of 30 federal crimes. The issue of his guilt was not discussed by the Supreme Court.
Tsarnaev’s earlier death sentence was overturned by a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in July 2020. The panel unanimously found that he had not received a fair trial.