President Donald Trump responded over the weekend to recent controversy over whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev deserves the death penalty — and his remarks made clear that he’s made up his mind.
Writing in a tweet Sunday, Trump said “[r]arely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”
“One of the worst domestic terrorist attacks”
According to NBC Boston, Tsarnaev was convicted and sentenced to death after he and his late brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted pressure-cooker bombs in the crowd attending the Boston Marathon in April 2013. The attack killed three and left more than 260 others wounded, NBC Boston reported.
But on Friday, an appeals court vacated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence, arguing that “the judge who oversaw the case did not adequately screen jurors for potential biases,” according to NBC Boston.
After hearing the news, Trump went off.
“The court agreed that this ‘was one of the worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities,'” Trump wrote in his Sunday tweet. “Yet the appellate court tossed out the death sentence.”
“So many lives lost”
President Trump now wants the case to be reheard and for the federal government to again seek capital punishment.
“So many lives lost…and ruined,” the president wrote Sunday. “The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand.”
Trump also noted that “it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!” Indeed, Americans want justice — and this ruling only delays that process.
….and ruined. The Federal Government must again seek the Death Penalty in a do-over of that chapter of the original trial. Our Country cannot let the appellate decision stand. Also, it is ridiculous that this process is taking so long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2020
Despite Trump’s ire, the judges in the case are standing by their decision. “Make no mistake: Dzhokhar will spend his remaining days locked up in prison, with the only matter remaining being whether he will die by execution,” they said in their ruling, according to NBC Boston. But will that be enough to satisfy Americans hungry for justice?
Only time will tell. For now, it remains unclear if, when, and how the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston will repursue the death penalty, and the office has declined comment on the matter at this time.