Although he and his brother caused a “battlefield massacre” when they bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, the death sentence of Djokhar Tsarnaev should be dropped pending a new trial at the sentencing stage, a federal court said Friday. appeal.
The decision came from the U.S. District Court of First Instance.
“An essential promise of our criminal justice system is that even the worst among us deserves to be tried fairly and punished by law,”; Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson wrote for the court. The ruling revealed that the presiding judge at Tsarnaev’s 2015 trial “did not meet the standard” of justice.
The 224-page verdict ordered a “new trial strictly limited to what sentence Dzhokhar must receive on admissible death charges.”
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney General Andrew E. Lelling said Friday afternoon that prosecutors were still reviewing the decision and would have more to say in the coming weeks. Two of Tsarnaev’s defense attorneys did not immediately return an e-mail requesting comment.
The judges said in the ruling, “just to be clear … Dzhokhar will remain in jail for the rest of his life, with the only question remaining whether the government will end his life by executing him it. “
Thompson joined the panel with three judges from Judges Juan R. Torruella and William J. Kayatta Jr.
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