The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday from the Biden administration calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev, 28, was convicted of all 30 charges against him in the 2013 bombing near the marathon’s finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others by detonating two homemade pressure-cooker bombs. He was later sentenced to death in 2015.
But a federal appeals court tossed his death sentence in July 2020 and overturned three of his convictions — ruling that a trial judge didn’t adequately screen jurors for pre-trial bias.
The question before the high court now is whether Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison or face capital punishment.
The court will