Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Files Appeal Citing Publicity

Attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appealed his conviction and death sentence on Monday, arguing that publicity made it impossible for him to get a fair trial in the city and that capital punishment is unconstitutional.

In court papers, defense lawyer William Fick cited a recent dissent by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in which he said that he believes the death penalty "now likely constitutes a legally prohibited 'cruel and unusual punishment.'"

...Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in June for helping his older brother carry out the April 15, 2013, blasts that killed three people and injured and maimed more than 200 others.

More:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bomber-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-files-appeal-citing-publicity-n411396

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