Decision soon on death penalty for Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

(WWLP) – We expect to find out more information this week about how the trial of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect will proceed, and whether he could face the death penalty.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will decide by the end of the day Friday whether to allow federal prosecutors to seek capital punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Holder himself does not support the death penalty, but he has allowed it to be pursued in at least 34 criminal cases.

Tsarnaev’s defense team is being led by attorney Judy Clarke; one of the top death penalty attorneys in the country.

Massachusetts has not had a state death penalty law since 1984, and legal experts say it is harder to win a federal capital punishment case here.

One supporter of the death penalty in this case told 22News that the bombing suspect lost his right to live when he took innocent lives that day in April; killing three and injuring more than 260.

“He caused major damage here, casualties and otherwise. I am 100-percent against people living in prison on my dime,” John Wright said.

If convicted and sentenced to death, Tsarnaev can spend several years appealing.

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