The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments over the death sentence of Jharkhand Jarnaiv, convicted of the Boston Marathon bomber.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide to reinstate the death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Joker Jarnev, as the Supreme Court heard arguments from U.S. prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday.
Tsarnaev was convicted six years ago of his role in the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. He was sentenced to both life imprisonment and the death penalty.
But his lawyers won an appeal for the death penalty on the grounds that the jurors did not hear the argument deeply about the influence of his older brother Tamarlan, who fled the bombing and died. They further argued that the jury was influenced by dramatic media reports.
The judiciary under former President Donald Trump rejected that argument and appealed to the High Court to reinstate the death penalty in high-profile cases.
But the Supreme Court only heard arguments on Wednesday, three months after the department was reformed by President Joe Biden, announcing a stay on the federal death penalty.
At Wednesday’s hearing, three liberal Supreme Court justices appeared more favorable to Jarniev, while the court’s conservative majority appeared more receptive to the arguments for re-establishing the original sentence.
Yet, Conservative Justice Amy Connie Barrett asked what the government’s “last game” was about the execution of Jarniev in light of the stay.
He noted that if the administration wins the case, the Journal will “live under the death penalty, which the government does not want to implement.”
Deputy Solicitor General Eric Fagin replied that the Biden administration believed the jury had received a “correct verdict” and that the appellate court had erred in overturning that ruling.
If the verdict on appeal is upheld, if the Biden administration decides to continue the pressure for the death penalty, Jarniev will face a new sentencing trial. The decision of the Supreme Court should be taken by June 2022.
The Tsarnaev brothers detonated two homemade pressure-cooker bombs on the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013, and killed a police officer a few days later. Tamarlan Zarnayev was killed in a gunfight with police.
The jurors convicted Jozkhar Zarnayev of 30 counts of aggravated robbery and determined that he deserved the death penalty for the bomb he planted. Bomb