Will Dzhokhar Tsarnayev live or die?

Will Dzhokhar Tsarnayev live or die?

The final phase of the trial on the Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnayev started this week. A research questioning in March showed that more than half (56%) of the interviewed prefer death penalty for the convicted people.

The final phase of the trial on the Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnayev started this week.

Public opinion on the death penalty

Public opinion on the death penalty

A research questioning in March showed that more than half (56%) of the interviewed prefer death penalty for the convicted people. However, this number had decreased by 6% since 2011 and sensibly reduced since 1996 when it was at its peak at the 78% point. And when the jury returns back to the court, their sentence will probably be read as the penalty for the death punishment itself. In 2014 only 72 people were sentenced to death and even less (35) of these verdicts were carried out.

The verdict in Tsarnayev case, ranked very high even among the severe killings, can be a so-called society’s death-attitude-indicator. While government is doing everything it can achieve death penalty for Tsarnayev, if the court jury decides to keep Tsarnayev alive, it will be a sign that people’s attitude towards death verdicts has changed, and if the tendency continues to lower, maybe there will be time when the death penalty might be cancelled.

Dzhokhar Tsarnayev and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnayev were admitted to be involved in the terrific bombing incident that took place at 2013 Boston marathon, where 4 people were killed, 260 hospitalized with different levels of injuries and thousands of Bostonians were left scared and locked in their homes during the police-raid after which older Tsarnayev died, probably from the hands of his younger brother, Dzhokar.

The Tsarnayev brothers: Tamerlan, 26(on the left) and Dzhokar, 19(on the right)

The Tsarnayev brothers: Tamerlan, 26(on the left) and Dzhokar, 19(on the right)

Yet, according to the latest Suffolk University research, only 33% of questioned Massachusetts inhabitants voted “Yes” for death penalty for Tsarnayev. Another poll carried out by one of Boston’s radio stations showed that only 27% of respondents support the death penalty in this case.

Meanwhile, the opinions of victims and their relatives are very different, but some of them said a categorical “No” to the death penalty. The parents of the 8-year-old dead Martin Richard said that they were there and they understand the very seriousness and brutality of the committed offence, probably like no one else, but they want to get over it as soon as possible.

We are aware that the authorities demand death penalty for Tsarnayev, but the continuation of the court process means that we have to relive that horrible day over and over again

– said Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of the late Martin Richard.

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