Last week, a jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 counts linked to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, that killed three people and left more than 260 wounded. 17 of the 30 charges carry the possibility of the death penalty, and the jury will soon begin deliberating on whether Tsarnaev will get a life sentence or a death sentence.
Everyone from survivors of the bombing to the Pope have weighed in on the verdict. A poll showed that 27% of Bostonians said Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty, while 62% support life in prison without parole. Nationwide polls however show conflicting numbers.
Ahead of the Intelligence Squared debate Abolish the Death Penalty, we scanned the web for some most outspoken opinions about the trial:
Jennifer Lemmerman, sister of murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier
“Whenever someone speaks out against the death penalty, they are challenged to imagine how they would feel if someone they love were killed. I’ve been given that horrible perspective and I can say that my position has only strengthened.”
Jonah Goldberg, National Review Senior Editor
“… and now [Tsarnaev] deserves death. It is honorable to oppose the death penalty on moral grounds. But it is dishonorable to blow smoke about uncertainty in other cases when there is certainty in this one.”
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh
(I am) “hopeful for a swift sentencing process.”
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
“The point is that he stays in prison, he dies in prison, he’s put away. He’s not a danger to anyone else,” she said. “He’s not a part of an ongoing story, he’s not someone who is able to keep sucking up a lot of energy and a lot of attention.”
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts
“‘No matter how heinous the crime, if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so.’”
Where do you stand on this issue? Intelligence Squared U.S. will be hosting a debate where four panelists answer the question, Should We Abolish the Death Penalty? It all happens live this Wednesday, April 15 at 6:45pm EDT.