By Lauren Grimaldi
When terrorist attacks happen and the individuals responsible are put to trial and convicted of the crime, there are a number of punishments that could be placed upon the perpetrators. One option, perhaps the most contentious, is the death penalty.
It’s outlawed in many states but has been used in others for all kinds of crimes, not solely terrorist attacks.
The Boston Marathon bomber was recently convicted of all 30 counts he was being put on trial for. Seventeen of those convictions come with a possible punishment of death.
While it’s clear that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were indeed the men who set down the bombs near the end of the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon, should Tsarnaev be punished for the heinous crime with death?
I believe it’s a complicated question without a clear answer.
Tsarnaev has shown little to remorse for his actions that killed three people and severely injured about 264. There is video of him giving the middle finger to a jail cell camera and he showed absolutely no emotion as the jury convicted him of all 30 counts in the trial.
How can we not punish someone to the full extent of the law, when he clearly doesn’t show any sorrow for what he did and the pain he caused countless people?
Well, many of the families of the victims of these crimes have asked that Tsarnaev not be put to death. So, herein lies the answer to a question that really has no clear solution.
What he did cannot be excused and he knows full well the extent of the damage he caused, so it’s hard to feel sorry for him. Still, the fact that the victims’ families don’t want to see him killed is proof enough that the death penalty should not be given to Tsarnaev.
Complying with the families’ wishes is the best thing the judge can do to ease their pain of losing a loved one. Saying that you don’t want to see the man who killed your family member be put to death is not an easy thing to do, but it’s a decision that cannot be looked at lightly. Spending the rest of his life in prison is punishment enough for Tsarnaev. He has shown no remorse for his actions; it’s likely that he knows what he did was inexcusable.
Tsarnaev will have to live with that thought for the rest of his life and not be able to live the life he could have had, if he hadn’t set down those bombs on that day.
If the families can learn to not wish death upon him, then it’s not fair, or right of the rest of the the country to want to see him killed.