Monday, May 18, 2015

BOSTON BOMBING - Reaction to Death Sentence

"Boston bombing victims react to Tsarnaev death sentence" PBS NewsHour 5/15/2015


SUMMARY:  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings that killed three.  The federal jury chose to sentence the 21-year-old to death by lethal injection over life in prison without possibility of release.  Judy Woodruff talks to Emily Rooney of WGBH to learn more about the reactions from victims and their families.

JUDY WOODRUFF (NewsHour):  The Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death today; 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted by a federal jury last month of the April 2013 bombings that killed three bystanders near the finish line of the annual race.

Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, later killed a policemen during a manhunt.  The elder Tsarnaev died in a gun battle with police.  The jury chose death over the only other option, life in prison without possibility of release.

After the penalty was announced, the U.S. attorney who led the prosecution and a bombing victim spoke.

CARMEN ORTIZ, U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts:  Today, the jury has spoken, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will pay with his life for his crimes.  Make no mistake.  The defendant claimed to be acting on behalf of all Muslims.  This wasn’t a religious crime and it certainly doesn’t reflect true Muslim beliefs.  It was a political crime designed to intimidate and to coerce the United States.

KAREN BRASSARD, Boston Bombing Survivor:  Today feels different only because it’s — it is more complete, I guess, is how I’m going to say it.  I know that there is still a long road ahead.  There’s going to be many, many, many more dates ahead, but right now it feels like we can take a breath.

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