What Should Happen to the Boston Bomber?

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty on all accounts for the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Now, on April 21, the penalty phase of his trial will determine whether or not Tsarnaev should face the death penalty.

There is no way to know what will happen until the trial is over. But what does the Boston community feel should happen to the man who terrorized their city?

In a poll of 50 people on the Emmanuel College campus taken by journalism students on Friday morning, 17 people believed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death while 32 people felt he should live a life in prison. One person was not sure of what the Boston Bomber’s fate should be.

“If you don’t kill someone for what he did in this country, then what kind of example does that set?” Asked David, who works in the post office on the Emmanuel College campus. David was one of the 17 polled who all agreed Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death.

But those in favor of the death penalty were strongly outnumbered by those opposed to it. “I don’t know, I don’t really like the death penalty! If anyone should get it it should be him, but I don’t like the idea of it. I think people should just go to jail for life instead,” stated Kristen, a 19 year old student.

Brittany, a sophomore at Emmanuel, had similar ideas. “He should definitely not have the death penalty. Killing people…no.”

Surprisingly, it has been found that citizens of Boston are more likely to oppose the death penalty for Tsarnaev than the rest of the U.S. In an April 10 Huffington post article, it was discovered through several polls that only 27 percent of Bostonians believe Tsarnaev should face the death penalty, compared to 47 percent at a national level. This may partly have to do with Massachusetts’ Democratic majority, giving that Democrats are generally not in favor of capital punishment. But it is still interesting to see that giving the harm happened in Boston, less people in Boston want to see him lose his life.

Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, but as this is a federal case, capital punishment applies. Only time will tell what will happen to the Boston bomber. The day after the 119th Boston Marathon, the penalty trial will begin.


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