Entries tagged with “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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Aug 03, 2020

Capital Case Roundup — Death Penalty Court Decisions the Week of July 272020

NEWS (7/​31/​20) — Boston, MA: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has over­turned the death sen­tence imposed on Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In a 2 – 1 deci­sion, a pan­el of the court ruled that Tsarnaev’s death sen­tence vio­lat­ed the core promise of our crim­i­nal-jus­tice sys­tem … that even the very worst among us deserves to be fair­ly tried and law­ful­ly pun­ished.” The pan­el found that the tri­al judge’s fail­ure to ques­tion 9 of the 12 seat­ed jurors about what they had read and heard about the bombing…

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Dec 13, 2019

Federal Appeals Court Hears Argument in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pic­tured) sought to over­turn his con­vic­tion and fed­er­al death sen­tence on Thursday, argu­ing in a fed­er­al appeals court that he could not get a fair tri­al in a city still trau­ma­tized by the attack. During the two-hour argu­ment before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston on December 12, 2019, they also claimed Tsarnaev was denied an impar­tial jury when the tri­al court pro­hib­it­ed him from ask­ing jurors about their expo­sure to pre­tri­al pub­lic­i­ty that may have affect­ed their…

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Aug 03, 2020

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing

A pan­el of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has over­turned the death sen­tence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pic­tured) for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ing that killed three peo­ple and injured more than 250 others.

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Mar 27, 2024

Federal Appellate Court Ruling Requires Investigation into Jury Bias in Boston Marathon Case

On March 21, 2024, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the judge who presided over Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s (pic­tured) tri­al to inves­ti­gate his defense attor­neys’ claims of juror bias and deter­mine whether Mr. Tsarnaev’s death sen­tence should be over­turned because of this bias. In a 2 – 1 deci­sion, the 1st Circuit declined defense attor­ney requests to over­turn Mr. Tsarnaev’s death sen­tence for his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ing but found that the tri­al judge fell short of what was con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly required” in his inves­ti­ga­tion of poten­tial jury…

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United States Supreme Court

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Jun 08, 2023

Former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Expresses Continued Frustration with the Fair Administration of the Death Penalty

In a recent inter­view with The Marshall Project, for­mer United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer dis­cussed his twen­ty-eight years of expe­ri­ence on the Court and the evo­lu­tion of his view on the death penal­ty. He explained that he did not go to the Supreme Court intend­ing to over­turn the death penal­ty, but “[i]t’s so unfair­ly admin­is­tered. There’s nei­ther rhyme nor rea­son. The whole point of this crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is fair­ness.… I’m not say­ing, You’re all inno­cent.’ But there are a cou­ple of cas­es where I real­ly wonder.”

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Oct 14, 2021

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Department of Justice Efforts to Reinstate Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing Case

A United States Supreme Court sharply divid­ed along ide­o­log­i­cal lines heard oral argu­ment October 13, 2021 on the Department of Justice’s appeal of a fed­er­al cir­cuit court’s rul­ing over­turn­ing the death sen­tences imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his con­vic­tions in the 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ing. Veteran court watch­ers report­ed that the six con­ser­v­a­tive jus­tices seemed poised to over­turn the fed­er­al appeal court’s grant of a new penal­ty phase hear­ing to Tsarnaev and to return the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to resolve the remain­ing challenges…

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Mar 23, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Federal Appeals Court Decision that Overturned Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing

The United States Supreme Court has grant­ed a Department of Justice request filed dur­ing the admin­is­tra­tion of President Donald Trump to review a fed­er­al appeals court deci­sion that over­turned the death sen­tences imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pic­tured) for his role in the April 2013 Boston Marathon bomb­ing that killed three peo­ple and injured more than 250 others.

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Jun 16, 2021

White House Reasserts Opposition to Death Penalty, Stresses Independence of Justice Department as DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Reinstate Death Sentence in Boston Marathon Bombing

As the Department of Justice filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court seek­ing rein­state­ment of the death sen­tence imposed on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bomb­ing, the White House press office issued a state­ment stress­ing the inde­pen­dence of the Department over the cas­es it is pur­su­ing and assert­ing that President Joe Biden has not backed away from his cam­paign promise to work to end the fed­er­al death penalty.