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How the deck was stacked against Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

How the deck was stacked against Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

On first blush, it seems remarkable: a jury in Massachusetts, a blue-state bastion that doesn’t allow the death penalty for state offenses, sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to die for his role in the lethal Boston Marathon bombings. After all, Tsarnaev’s attorneys had given the jury a plausible reason to keep him off death row. He was a good teenager gone bad under the influence of his jihad-crazed older brother, whom he idolized. The parents of one of Tsarnaev’s victims, an 8-year-old boy named Martin Richard, provided another reason: a death sentence would lead to appeals that keep Tsarnaev’s name and face in the news for years, providing a constant, painful reminder...

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