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