Surprise: DOJ to seek death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for Boston bombings

posted at 3:21 pm on January 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

Richly deserved, although the jury will disagree.

The federal government has carried out only three executions since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in the 1970s. One of them was Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, put to death in 2001.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement: “After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter. The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”…

Legal experts have said that seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev would give him an incentive to plead guilty to avoid being put to death.

I’m a bit surprised that card-carrying liberals like Obama and Holder would greenlight capital punishment in such a prominent case, but that goes to show you how much political pressure even a lame-duck president feels to prove that he’s tough on terrorism. Besides, if anyone deserves death, this turd does: Assuming earlier news reports are borne out by the facts at trial, there’s no question that he was a fully knowing participant. He planted his bomb five feet from an eight-year-old kid and then, according to his own friends, went to a dorm party two days later. Electrocution is too good for him. Lethal injection is way too good for him. Even Obama and Holder can’t deny it.

But it’s probably all for naught. According to a Boston Globe poll last September, 57 percent of Bostonians think Tsarnaev should get life versus just 33 percent who want death. Tsarnaev’s attorney, Judy Clarke, is a death-penalty specialist who’s secured life sentences for an all-star roster of degenerates, from terrorists like the Unabomber and Zacarias Moussaoui to child-killers like Susan Smith. Tsarnaev’s age and the influence of his brother make for an easy “he was a naif swayed by a violent older svengali” defense. I’ll be shocked if he gets the needle. In fact, as noted in the excerpt, Holder’s death-penalty play here is probably just a way to twist Tsarnaev’s and Clarke’s arms during plea-bargain negotiations. The DOJ likely wants life without parole while Tsarnaev may want to try for life with the possibility of parole in, say, 30 years. This is Holder’s way of making him cop to the tougher sentence. With good reason: The prospect of Dzhokhar walking free in middle age might be hard to swallow even for Massachusetts softies.

Silver lining of a life sentence, though: At least it’ll spare us the nonsense of the evergreen “we can’t kill terrorists or else we’ll make them martyrs!” argument. Or will it?


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He’ll never be executed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Electrocution is too good for him. Lethal injection is way too good for him.

Hang him, or strap him to a bomb as a gift to Putin. (only half kidding about the second one).

nobar on January 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

He’ll never be executed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Have to agree with you. There’s been death row inmates at Leavenworth for years that will never be executed. A death penalty conviction will never be carried out.

Agent of the Cross on January 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I for one say we give some really good dope to the guards of the prison whilst a vigilante group sneaks in.

Vanceone on January 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

How non-erudite of them!

The UN, and the leftists all over, will really hate you.

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 3:26 PM

When Tsarnaev is actually strapped in the chair I will believe it.

Given the legal climate in this country, prosecutororial discretion in a state such as Massachusetts (where the last death penalty case was overturned 8 years later by a judge) and all the other hurdles, we are a long way from this being over.

Marcus Traianus on January 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Rubes!

Schadenfreude on January 30, 2014 at 3:27 PM

This evil bastard will have a million appeals, there won’t be any of the approved drugs, hanging and the firing squad are too cruel, the electric chair isn’t green enough, or some other excuse will see him die as an old man from natural causes.

DAT60A3 on January 30, 2014 at 3:29 PM

He’ll get the Jeffery Dahmer style execution.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Waste of time and just for show.Give him life and be done with it.Holder is far from being a real American.Why let him get props for this?

docflash on January 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

There was yesterday’s Dail Mail article about Obama’s dope dealer from Hawaii, who was given a “life sentence” for murder, and was released in 2007.

That made me wonder if he died in 2007, but that’s because life doesn’t mean life.

Wander on January 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Pull the lever, stick in the needle, load up the rifles, whatever it takes. Any way is fine by me.

clear quadruped

Elephant

MisterElephant on January 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM

He should be executed by being blown up with a pressure cooker bomb.

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Be prepared for lots of Teddy Bear pictures of this mutt, not unlike the fuzzy wuzzy pictures of Khalid Shit Mohammad, we got during his trial. I much preferred the groggy looking clod in the T-shirt after he was captured.

Wander on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Pull the lever, stick in the needle, load up the rifles, whatever it takes. Any way is fine by me.

clear quadruped

Elephant

MisterElephant

You can use a rope more than once. you have to clean a rifle after you use it. Think of the oil!

Wander on January 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

But what about all those Young Girls who were Swooning
over him??

As far as how to Execute him? He should be RUN OVER.

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Well, they’re caucasian so … yep … clear for execution!

HondaV65 on January 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Ankle chained to a stake so he can only run so far.
Then drop a homemade bomb next to him.
Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

Jomama on January 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM

He’ll never be executed…

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

I’m sure Holder made sure of that before going for the death penalty !

burrata on January 30, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Electrocution is too good for him. Lethal injection is way too good for him.

Allah, you should have used this line:

He’s nothing but a low-down, double-dealing, backstabbing, larcenous perverted worm! Hanging’s too good for him. Burning’s too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

Jeff Weimer on January 30, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Quan jue is too good for this dirtbag.

txag92 on January 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM

maybe I am just jaded but seems to me the state of MA really wins here.
they get someone else (everyone) to pay for the trial,confinement,punishment,etc while at same time get to play up to the anti death penalty group as it was the feds who made the decision. yay liberals rejoice..
they get to have their cake and eat it too.

dmacleo on January 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What really surprises me is, that there will not be a ceremony at the White House awarding him the Medal of Freedom. As backward as this administration is, the guilty are rewarded and the innocent are prosecuted.

savage24 on January 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Bring back the rack.

bluegill on January 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM

He’ll get the Jeffery Dahmer style execution.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

He’d likely be in max security in Supermax in Colorado (Leavenworth, IIRC, is a military prison?)

Being in max at Supermax is being buried alive. Solitary cell, out 1/2 hour for exercise twice a day in custody of guards. No contact with any other prisoner. All meals alone in cell. Limited visits (it’s way out in the boonies in CO).

But I would favor the death penalty, although I bet if it ever got to trial his lawyer would hit on his youth and the influence of the older brother and get one bleeding heart to vote no. DP has to be unanimous.

Wethal on January 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I’m OK with a life sentence. As long as he goes into the prison’s general population.

Kafir on January 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Find a Tea Party angle somewhere, like he once had a cup of Earl Gray, and the lefties will drag this trash from his cell and beat him to death.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

He pleads and gets life in prison without parole. When he goes to Leavenworth he will be killed by inmates when he is released into the general population.

I got $50 bucks to bet on the above.

Johnnyreb on January 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

You can use a rope more than once. you have to clean a rifle after you use it. Think of the oil!

Wander on January 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The French did it best. A good old-fashioned public execution by guillotine, with the head later displayed on a pike for those who missed it live.

Chris of Rights on January 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

but…but…but……Rolling Stone!!!

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I am generally not in favor of the death penalty, though I do have some mixed feelings on the issue.

However, if we are going to use the death penalty, then I oppose efforts to make it as “humane” and “painless” as possible. Normally, I would suggest allowing the family of the victim to choose the method of execution. However, this is a mass murder and terrorist attack. So I’d suggest that every single thing that the terrorists, and their liberal sympathizers, have ever accused our military and CIA of doing to prisoners, we do to him. On live television.

Shump on January 30, 2014 at 4:21 PM

I admit surprise. I would expect Obama and Holder to have declared him to be a “freedom fighter”. In any case, no chance of execution. I expect that if convicted [prosecutorial misconduct is a sport for the Feds] he will either be commuted, or perhaps released to some Islamic country as part of a 12 dimensional chess “peace process”.

Does anybody know if his family is still drawing US welfare benefits back in the Former Soviet Union? From what I remember, they moved back there and were still being supported by the taxpayers.

Subotai Bahadur on January 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Find a Tea Party angle somewhere, like he once had a cup of Earl Gray, and the lefties will drag this trash from his cell and beat him to death.

Bishop on January 30, 2014 at 4:07 PM

LMAO!

“Earl Gray!!? You Bastard!!

ToddPA on January 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

What about Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi (the “secret Saudi”) whom the NTCT tagged as a 212 3B and was clandestinely whisked out of the country ?

listens2glenn on January 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Am I the only one cynical enough to wonder if what tipped the scales to make it a capital crime was the fact that it embarrassed ‘not on my watch’ Obama?

Drained Brain on January 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

He should be executed by being blown up with a pressure cooker bomb.

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

He should be pushed out of a plane 10000 ft above Chechnya

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Wethal on January 30, 2014 at 4:06 PM

That’s assuming the rules get followed. IIRC, several guards vacated the room, or otherwise allowed the Dahmer incident to happen.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Wow these Dems must be desperate to actually have their DOJ doing something right for the first time since Obama was immaculated. They are skeeered…..they’d better be.

As to Tsarnaev he should have been put down in the boat.

neyney on January 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He should be executed by being blown up with a pressure cooker bomb.

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

He should be pushed out of a plane 10000 ft above Chechnya

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

If you really want to punish him give him life in prison and force him to continuously listen to obozo’s speeches.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

He’ll walk before noon Eastern 1/20/2017. Even odds on whether it is The Last Walk or the walk out of the prison gates – after all, he did his thing during the reign of Barack the Unmerciful.

Steve Eggleston on January 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

If you really want to punish him give him life in prison and force him to continuously listen to obozo’s speeches.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM

You vicious bast@rd.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Or he could listen to those on the plane!!!!

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

He should be executed by being blown up with a pressure cooker bomb.

redguy on January 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

He should be pushed out of a plane 10000 ft above Chechnya

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Why compromise? Strap a pressure-cooker bomb with a barometric detonator and an impact backup to him and release him from 35,000 feet over Chechnya.

Steve Eggleston on January 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Or he could listen to those on the plane!!!!

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM

But then you wouldn’t get to push him out of the plane, he’d have already jumped.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

But then you wouldn’t get to push him out of the plane, he’d have already jumped.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 4:41 PM

I can envision a scene out of World War Z. The guards would need earplugs. Tsarnaev’s teeth would need to be pulled.

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Mother Feels ‘Nothing’ Over Possible Death Sentence

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Martyr!

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Mother Feels ‘Nothing’ Over Possible Death Sentence

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Maybe she qualifies as an Islamist holy mother if her son is martyred by the infidel.

Wethal on January 30, 2014 at 4:58 PM

This is the same Justice Department that was told his brother was a terrorist by the Russians but when the FBI asked him he said no so due to their political correctness they closed the case and concluded that he was not a danger. They said they didn’t know he had gone to Chechnya because he spelled his name differently for his airline ticket. This did not have to happen!

duncantwn on January 30, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Hanover Fiste: Hanging’s too good for him. Burning’s too good for him! He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

mechkiller_k on January 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

After he’s force fed a BLT

WryTrvllr on January 30, 2014 at 5:17 PM

He should be torn into little bitsy pieces and buried alive!

mechkiller_k on January 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM

I know he’s a worm, but is that even possible?

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Wow! I’m shocked at the lack of compassion here. Keep in mind that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lost a brother here! /

Seriously, life in prison would be just fine. Speed Bump and Mamma Tsarnaev seem to have been more radicalized.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Holder probably figured he’d better off the guy before he can, er, Snowden the security holes in Barky’s vacation administration.

viking01 on January 30, 2014 at 5:53 PM

He looks like Bob Dylan. Let’s throw Bob Dylan in jail, too. Just to be sure.

Kensington on January 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Seeing as how the FBI dispatched Ibragim Todashev with much haste, I wouldn’t be surprised that Tsarnaev would receive swift justice as well…of course, I’m not really sure what (if anything) Todashev had to do with Boston.

Perhaps they’ll find friend Tsarnaev had crucified himself to death in his jail cell.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM

why couldn’t they just let him bleed to death in the boat? Maybe a couple of stun grenades and a couple of tear gas cannisters after the barrage of gun fire.

acyl72 on January 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

If he’s old enough to maim and murder, he’s old enough to get the needle.

Conservchik on January 30, 2014 at 6:16 PM

With good reason: The prospect of Dzhokhar walking free in middle age might be hard to swallow even for Massachusetts softies.

Who knows, the democratic party nominee in 2042 might desperately need a ghostwriter for his autobiography.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

He’ll get the Jeffery Dahmer style execution.

Flange on January 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM

I’m OK with that. Let him be a man’s boy toy first. He’ll never experience the loss and pain he put people through that day.

TulsAmerican on January 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Oblamer and Holder will have him out on the Massachusetts furlough program partying with Willie Horton one month after final sentencing.

NoPain on January 30, 2014 at 6:23 PM

He pleads and gets life in prison without parole. When he goes to Leavenworth he will be killed by inmates when he is released into the general population.

I got $50 bucks to bet on the above.

Johnnyreb on January 30, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Not going to happen. He will be carefully guarded in semi-solitary, and he will have a coran to read and an imam to console him.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2014 at 6:26 PM

What nobody seems to understand is that Holder and the rat-eared wonder are going to be out of office by the time this even goes to trial. It really isn’t their problem so they can act tough, if for no other reason to justify the use of drones and Obama’s kill list to take care of terrorists overseas.

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Happy Nomad on January 30, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Remember how fast McVeigh got tried, convicted, sentenced and done away with. He deserved it, guaranteed, but the objective was to cover the President (Clinton’s) embarrassment that a terrorist bombing of that magnitude happened on U.S. soil on his watch- and his even greater embarrassment that all his attempts to blame it on the “right wing” failed pathetically. (Much as the MSM tried to do, and failed, in Boston.)

The same dynamic is at work here. Tsarnaev will get a “speedy trial”, be found guilty, sentenced to death… and then The One will commute his sentence to life by EO. Thereby “keeping faith” with the dogmas of the left, but stopping just short of a pardon.

Of course, after The One leaves office, somebody will grab hostages and demand Tsarnaev’s release, but by then, it will be Somebody Else’s Problem, not The One’s.

/just another can kicked down the road…

clear ether

eon

eon on January 30, 2014 at 7:06 PM

LOL.

If Tsarnaev is convicted and sentenced to death, obama will simply pardon him.

There’s no way that obama is going to let one of his own be executed for practicing his “religion”.

Pork-Chop on January 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

What Gives……..,The missile attack of U.S. drones on Somalia that came out of the blue over the weekend showed that U.S. ” doctrine of exceptionalism” allows to violate international law, bomb foreign territories and kill suspects without trial. Accordingly, other people have a right to bomb us, haven’t they?

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 30, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Isn’t that guy a dual? If so, we might need permission from his other nation of citizenship to kill him.

Buddahpundit on January 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I don’t think the FEDERAL government should be involved. Let Massachusetts do the prosecution. Murder should be a state crime.

MTinMN on January 31, 2014 at 11:07 AM

why are we wasting time and money on this radical muslim terrorist.
just walk in his jail cell and put a 9mm in his head and be done with it.
there is no question he did it and why he did it
he is a muslim and is into death to infidels.
so shoot him and cremate him, and be done with it.

sniffles1999 on January 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM