Holder faces decision on whether to seek death penalty in Boston Marathon bombing case

  • Article by: PETE YOST , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 4:20 PM

WASHINGTON — As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

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slikweasel21Jan. 29, 14 2:31 PM

How would they not seek it? C'mon.

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EleanoreJan. 29, 14 3:06 PM

With this administration anything is possible. It all depends on how they feel when they get out of bed any given morning, and what sort of mood they're in when it's time to make a statement.

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vincentkvJan. 29, 14 3:13 PM

@slikweasel21: I'm sure they will seek it, unfortunately. The death penalty is a expensive, barbaric practice that will only serve to turn this idiot kid into a martyr (because he's certainly not going to become a "Jihadist leader" in prison). Instead we'll have to watch him on TV for years as he appeals over and over and over.

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roadtoruinJan. 29, 14 4:09 PM

The death penalty is only expensive due to the virtually unlimited number of appeals. I propose a constitutional amendment that would offer a maximum of one appeal for any death penatly conviction. Problem solved.

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sallygirlJan. 29, 14 4:27 PM

I think the death penalty should be done away with. Eleanor - I hope that someday your percepective of life and the world around changes to one of a more positive bent.

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gemie1Jan. 29, 14 4:35 PM

roadtoruin, what about the innocent people on death row? Should we even make it harder for them to prove their innocence? My main problem with the death penalty is that poorer people get legal aid and the wealthier get a dream team. The country is better to have this misguided young man in prison for life. What does his death do except fulfill our need for revenge. The appropriate punishment is life in prison without the possibility of parole. To be honest, I would not feel this strong about opposing this sentence, if it was his brother.

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mnavariceJan. 29, 14 5:17 PM

Strap him down and light off M80's one by one on different parts of his body....hell get a wee taste of what he put others through.

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firefight41Jan. 29, 14 5:31 PM

We are supposed to be a civilized nation, this proves we have a long way to go to become civilized.

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aardvark878Jan. 29, 14 6:22 PM

My brother and sister in law missed being blown up by this kid by only fifteen minutes, and I have not forgotten how scared I was that day, trying to get ahold of them. I will be quite happy if he is locked up for life. I don't see where killing him would make me feel any better or safer, though. And no matter how I feel about what he did, there are still people in his life who are shocked and horrified that he did such a thing, and who love the good parts in him. Justice is served if he can't kill or injure anyone ever again. But nothing can undo the damage he did. So why propagate the pain to others by ending his life? I guess I hope that in time, he himself can come to realize that what he did was wrong. And I want him to live with that. If he never realizes it, though, then I think losing your freedoms for the rest of your life is sufficient. In the end, I find it incredibly sad that at nineteen, a kid has thrown away his life on such a thing. As he ages, he's going to feel that waste. Regret is far greater punishment than death.

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edinawaterJan. 29, 14 6:22 PM

In death penalty cases a person is not allowed to serve on the jury unless they support the death penalty. Research shows a death-qualified jury tends to give more weight to the prosecution's case, tends to dismiss evidence presented by the defense, and in general is more likely to convict. There is a reason prosecutors seek the death penalty even when the evidence doesn't merit it. No doubt that is also the reason so many death penalty cases end without a death sentence.

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