Syndicated Columnist Diane Dimond writes, "Execution unlikely for Tsarnaev." It's via the Albuquerque Journal.
Another reason I doubt this young man will be condemned to execution has to do with the current public perception of capital punishment.
Nationally, the latest Gallup poll indicates that public support for the death penalty continues to decline. Only about 60 percent of Americans support the idea these days. But in the state of Massachusetts – where any Tsarnaev trial is likely to be held – a Boston Globe poll conducted statewide last fall revealed only 33 percent of residents wanted Tsarnaev to get the death penalty and 57 percent said he should be sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
It is a fact that federal prosecutors don’t like to bring a case to court that isn’t a slam dunk.
Another fact: It will be difficult to seat a death penalty qualified jury in a state like Massachusetts. Once a potential juror says he or she cannot vote for capital punishment, they are disqualified.
"No more killing, no more death," is Rev. Jared Cramer's OpEd in the Grand Haven Tribune in Michigan.
Tsarnaev’s alleged actions are indeed heinous. The murder, the violence, the terror with which this moment gripped Boston are all horrendous realities that cannot be ignored. However, killing Tsarnaev will not solve anything. It will not deter other would-be terrorists. It will not bring back those who have died. It will not even save the state money.
And, most importantly, for Christians, it will take away a reality that is fundamental to our faith — the opportunity for penitence and forgiveness.
There should be no more killing, no more death, added to this tragic event.
Earlier coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing case begins at the link.
Related posts are in the federal death penalty category index.