John Blanding / The Boston Globe via Getty Images
The US Supreme Court approved the Department of Justice’s request to review a lower court ruling that overturned the death sentence of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court of first instance said that the original trial judge did not provide an impartial jury for the trial.
2013 ShellingWhich Tsarnaev carried out with his brother Tamerlan, killing three people and wounding 264 others. He was a Chechen immigrant convicted Of more than twenty crimes in 2015, the court issued six death sentences and 11 simultaneous life sentences.
But a panel of three judges from the 1st U.S. Court of Appeals Chamber Throwing – expelling – slandering The death sentences last July, citing errors by the lower court and returning the case to the Federal District Court.
Tsarnaev, 27, is detained in a high-security federal prison near Florence, Colo.
The Appeals Committee said that the judge presiding over the Tsarnaev trial rejected the defense team’s request for a further trial, as the potential jury may be less biased against Tsarnaev.
While the judge had promised the local jury that they would undergo appropriate examination, the panel ruled that the trial judge had failed to push an impartial jury.
Judge or books. Rogeri Thompson at 224 Pages for Court “The fundamental promise of our criminal justice system is that even the worst of us deserve to be tried fairly and be lawfully punished.” Opinion.
Thompson wrote that the judge prevented Tsarnaev’s attorney from asking potential jurors questions such as what they knew about the case prior to appearing in court, or what emerged from the media coverage they saw about the bombing and its aftermath.
Appeals Court Judge Juan Torella, who died late last year, wrote that the district court judge relied on “self-disclosure statements of impartiality” by potential jurors, some of whom admitted before trial that they were convinced Tsarnaev was guilty.
For example, Torruella noted that the woman who became a deputy jury had withheld from court dozens of comments on related social media mourning the death of an 8-year-old victim, praising law enforcement officers and describing Tsarnaev as a “piece of garbage.”
The ruling in July ordered a district court to oblige a new jury to retry death penalty convictions. However, the Appeals Committee indicated that Tsarnaev, who had told the courtroom on the day of his sentencing that he was “guilty of this attack”, would remain in prison for the rest of his life regardless of whether the death sentence was issued or not.