Bloomberg Law
Oct. 13, 2021, 8:45 AM

Boston Bomber Death Sentence Push Tests Biden’s Abolition Pledge

Jordan S. Rubin
Jordan S. Rubin

The Justice Department on Wednesday will press the Supreme Court to reinstate Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentences, despite President Joe Biden’s claimed anti-death penalty stance.

Far from opposing capital punishment, the federal government is fighting for the right to execute the man it called in court papers “the most notorious domestic terrorist in recent American history.”

Heading into the argument, there’s reason to think the government will win that right.

“They likely wouldn’t have taken the case but for their desire to re-institute the death sentences,” Boston College law professor Robert Bloom said of the Supreme Court’s decision ...

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