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Democrats: No Death Penalty in Marathon Bomb Case

(Photo: FBI via AP)

(Photo: FBI via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — All five Democratic candidates for governor say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev shouldn’t face the death penalty for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Federal prosecutors last week announced they would seek the penalty against the 20-year-old Tsarnaev, accusing him of betraying his adopted country by ruthlessly carrying out a terrorist attack calculated to cause maximum carnage.

During a video debate Wednesday on The Boston Globe’s website, Boston.com, they were asked: “should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev face the death penalty?”

All five — Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, Joseph Avellone, Juliette Kayyem and Steve Grossman — answered “no.”

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he supports the decision to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev.

The question has put some death penalty opponents in an awkward position given the high-profile nature of the crime.


  • DebbieInMa

    No offense Scott, but WHAT leaders? I don’t believe we have any.
    This country is running amuck and this murderer gets to have a life in jail? 3 square meals, a roof over his head and won’t have to pay heating bills or pay taxes? And the victims get to suffer death or loss of limbs, plus pay taxes for this BAD excuse for a human who did that to them, to sit in jail with all the ammenities?
    Yeah THAT’S real fair. Makes me not want to ever Vote in another election. They’re all a bunch of liars. They say what they feel we want to hear, once elected, they do whatever they want.
    I’m so sick of Politics and Politicians.

  • doggone

    In MA we don’t have plain ole Democrats … We have G-R-E-A-T Democrats!!!!

  • http://HaggisBrain.com Ed The Genius

    The real reason there should be no death penalty is because nobody actually saw him do it. All we have is circumstantial, and what the government has told us happened. If they were looking for a scapegoat, he would be the perfect target.

  • Missle1234

    @ ed the moron… U are the biggest fool. First off he wouldn’t go to a dumpy prison like Ludlow (it appears you spent some time there) he would be at a max prison that has all the bells and whistles. And u say nobody saw h do it. Actually there were witnesses that saw him place the bag down. Plus the bastard said he did it and got into multiple fore fights with cops while carrying similar type explosives. Get out of your parents basement and face reality. Enjoy the free life now ed because you seem like the type of scum that will be back in ludlow soon. U jack…

  • WMassMom75

    Ed, you are truly one of the biggest idiots whose comments I’ve seen here. No evidence?How about the surveillance video of them leaving the backpacks? And anyone with even half a brain knows that innocent people don’t run from the cops. It seems pretty clear that you’ve never actually been incarcerated, because you know nothing about being in jail. I’ve worked with inmates in several different facilities, and they do have medical care, they do have fitness equipment and gyms, they do have libraries with access to GED and college course. Why should the taxpayers have to provide these things for this lowlife? And quite frankly, who are any of us to say what happens to him? It should be left up to the victims and their families.

  • tiredofthemedia

    Looks like al cheapwine is back under yet another name Ed the genius.

  • alpinequeen

    At least they got one of them.

  • Sue K.

    He will get better care then we do. As someone that worked for so long but then got sick, paid my taxes, I get no help at all.

  • Cruizer

    Ed the Idiot…what planet are you from??
    Food that mice won’t eat, no medical care, no dental care, no exercise or weights available???
    This is jail, not a vacation or country club!
    These animals are there for a reason, punishment.. not a vacation!!