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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life without parole (LWOP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life without parole (LWOP).

Vengeance is not a legitimate sentencing purpose in our modern world and lex talionis, or an eye for an eye, ultimately renders everyone blind. No evidence has ever been produced that the death penalty has a deterrent effect. Instead, states with death penalties have higher murder rates than states without them. LWOP is a severe punishment that can hardly be considered a reward.

To the extent that a terrorist regards death to be the favored outcome, LWOP can only be a severe disappointment.

What would be the point of granting him his wish?

The penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial begins April 21st.

Additional Reading: Tsarnaev prosecution employed flawed theory of radicalization

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.