Late last month, Americans learned that the lone surviving culprit of one of the most devastating domestic terrorist attacks in U.S. history would not be executed when an appeals court vacated his death sentence. But Attorney General Bill Barr isn’t having it.
According to the Washington Examiner, Barr announced Thursday that he will be appealing the decision to take Dzhokhar Tsarnaev off death row — and he’s willing to take it all the way to the Supreme Court. Tsarnaev was convicted and originally sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The bombing, which was carried out by both Tsarnaev and his older brother, left three dead and hundreds wounded, according to the Examiner, including 17 people who lost limbs in the attack.
“An error of law”
“We will do whatever’s necessary,” Barr told the Associated Press of a death sentence for Tsarnaev, according to the Examiner. “We will take it up to the Supreme Court, and we will continue to pursue the death penalty.”
In her ruling overturning Tsarnaev’s death sentence, which did not overturn his conviction, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson said the now-27-year-old’s trial “‘did not meet the standard’ of fairness guaranteed by the Constitution,” according to the Examiner. The Examiner‘s report went on:
Thompson said that the lower-court trial judge erred during the voir dire process under which possible jurors are questioned to ensure they can be impartial.
“By not having the jurors identify what it was they already thought they knew about the case, the judge made it too difficult for himself and the parties to determine both the nature of any taint (e.g., whether the juror knew something prejudicial not to be conceded at trial) and the possible remedies for the taint,” Thompson, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, wrote in her ruling, according to the Examiner.
She added: “This was an error of law and so an abuse of discretion.”
The bottom line
But Barr apparently doesn’t agree — and he’s willing to take the case to the highest court in the land in hopes of overturning Thompson’s order.
When Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, it didn’t bring back those who were lost in the attack or heal any wounds, but it did allow everyone involved to take a deep sigh of relief: justice would finally be served.
But sadly, it seems that’s not happening on Judge Thompson’s watch.
One can only hope Barr is successful in his attempt to ensure there will be accountability for Tsarnaev and his brother’s heinous attack on Americans.
Those who dare to attack us on our soil in this manner need to be shown as an example — and there is no better way to deter these attacks than by letting the world see one of these terrorists being put to death.