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US prosecutors seeking death penalty against alleged Boston bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has plead not guilty to 30 charges

US federal prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The final decision was made by Attorney General Eric Holder and was announced Thursday. The twin blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260 in one of the most prominent terrorist attacks in the U.S since 9/11.

Prosecutors allege that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, ethnic Chechens from Russia who had lived in the Boston area for about a decade, planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police.

17 of 30 charges against Tsarnaev carry the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

The 20-year-old Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 01/30/2014 02:54 PM
    You wanna put on your big boy terrorist pants, you better be prepared to suffer the big boy consequences. Pleading not guilty won't save you. At least his death will be quick and painless, unlike his victims.
  2. belamy posted on 01/30/2014 03:00 PM
    Hope they find a way to deliver a slow, painful death. Until then, keep him alive for a few good years so he can taste death coming!
  3. Frankie posted on 01/30/2014 03:16 PM
    It would be nice if they tortured this lowest form of human excrement until his victims come back to life. One day, western society will wake up to the fact this is a war by Islamic extremists. The courts aren't the place to address these scum

    Imagine if the allies sent lawyers instead of soldiers during WW2. We'd either be dead or speaking fluent German, Japanese or Italian. Lovely languages, but I'd rather learn them at my option.
  4. Catherinesmom posted on 01/30/2014 04:36 PM
    When there is absolutely NO question of the guilty party, as this is the case here, there should be the death penalty....
    1. Frankie posted on 01/30/2014 05:04 PM
      @Catherinesmom Too bad he was such a coward and tried to hide. Would have saved taxpayers millions if he confronted police and they killed his sorry ass.
  5. Zack posted on 01/31/2014 02:52 PM
    I support the death penalty, and think we should bring it back in Canada, but it's horribly broken the way it stands now.

    A gangbanger in Chicago can kill a cop in broad daylight, and what happens? He goes to jail, spending months or years in the company of other people just like him, without worrying about buying food or paying for a place to stay. When he finally sees trial, if he gets convicted, he'll spend a few more decades in SPECIAL jail, getting better food and medical care to make sure he's comfortable before he's killed; meanwhile, his lawyer is launching one appeal after another, despite the verdict of GUILTY BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. Finally, after all of this, one of two things happen: Either he's released with a successful appeal (again, undermining the verdict) or he faces a painless, easy death after ten or twenty years of relative comfort.

    And people wonder why the death penalty isn't a deterrent? On the other hand, think about this:

    A gangbanger in Chicago kills a cop. He's arrested, brought to trial, and sentenced to death. From the courtroom, he's taken to a solitary confinement cell and.... he just stays there. Nobody lets him out, nobody brings him food. His body starts to eat itself. He suffers. He wastes away. Within a year of committing his crime, he dies painfully for it, and word gets out that this is what's waiting for anyone who commits murder. NOW you have a deterrent.
  6. john posted on 04/16/2014 11:31 AM
    i support the death penalty as well .
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