Although he and his brother caused “battlefield-like massacres” when in 2013 Bombarded by the Boston Marathon, Dzhochar Tsarnayev’s death sentence is to be announced pending a new phase of criminal proceedings, a federal appeals court said on Friday.
This decision was made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the first circuit.
“The key promise of our criminal justice system is that even the worst deserve to be fairly convicted and legally punished,”; Judge Rogeriee Thompson wrote to the court. The ruling states that the presiding judge Tsarnajevo in 2015. In court, “did not meet the standards of good faith.”
The 224-page order ordered “a new trial strictly limited to what the sentence should be imposed on Dzhochar for the death penalty.”
A spokesman for U.S. lawyer Andrew E. Leling said Friday afternoon that prosecutors are still reviewing the ruling and will have more to say in the coming weeks. Two of Tsarnayev’s appeals lawyers did not immediately return the email. A letter asking for comments.
The judges said in the ruling: “Just be completely clear … For the rest of his life, Dzhokhar will only be imprisoned in prison. The only question left is whether the government will execute him. “
Thompson was joined to the panel of three judges by Judges Juan R. Torruella and William J. Kayatta Jr.
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