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Despite Tsarnaev, the death penalty is on the decline
Despite Tsarnaev, the death penalty is on the decline

The execution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing — if it ever takes place — will quite possibly be the last of its kind, remembered as the last time the federal government put a person to death. After a formal sentencing hearing next month, Tsarnaev's lawyers are expected to request a new trial. As the case winds through the lengthy appeals process, the prosecution's main argument for execution — that it offers “closure” to victims and their families — will be revealed as illusory. In effect, the appeals phase will put the death penalty on trial, and as time passes, public and legal opinion will probably turn...

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