The United States Supreme Court appeared on Wednesday in favor of reinstating the death penalty for the perpetrator of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, a case that reveals President Joe Biden’s contradictions in the matter of capital punishment.
The Democratic government “declared a moratorium on federal executions but you defend the death penalty“for Djokhar Tsarnaev, noted during the hearing the conservative magistrate Amy Coney Barrett.
Three dead and 264 injured
In 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a young student of Chechen origin, planted two homemade bombs with his older brother Tamerlan near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three, including an eight-year-old child, and injuring 264. .
Three days after the attack, the eldest was shot dead during a confrontation with the police. Djokhar Tsarnaev was found wounded, hidden in a boat. He had written on a wall that he wanted to avenge the Muslims killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During his 2015 trial in Boston, his lawyers claimed that the young man, 19 at the time, was under the influence of his self-radicalized elder. Without denying the seriousness of the facts, they had pleaded for life imprisonment. The jurors had not been convinced and had opted for the death penalty.
In 2020, a federal appeals court retained the guilty verdict but overturned the death penalty. Even though this decision made it possible to keep Djokhar Tsarnev in prison for life, it had been strongly criticized by Donald Trump, who was then president. A fervent supporter of the death penalty, he had asked his government to appeal to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court must render its decision before the end of June 2022.