On April 15, 2013, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brutally murdered Krystle Campbell, 29, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Martin Richard, just 8, with shrapnel-filled bombs they left in backpacks at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three days later, they ambushed police officer Sean Collier, 27, and shot him dead in cold blood.
While Tamerlan was then killed in a shootout with police, this summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit overturned the death sentence a Massachusetts federal jury quite rightly handed to Dzhokhar. The court reversed the decision to impose capital punishment primarily on the basis that the trial judge did not ascertain the degree and kind of information about the marathon bombing to which Tsarnaev’s jurors had been exposed.
The judges here included Republican and Democratic appointees, of broad experience and from a diversity of backgrounds; their lengthy and thoughtful opinion was graphic in its recitation of the horrors suffered by the