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Drop the Death Penalty Against Tsarnaev

Enough with the hypocrisy. Drop the death penalty against Tsarnaev, now.

As of January 30, 2013, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, our country killed 82 children in Pakistan with drones (12 were 10 years old or younger) and 25 in Yemen (17 were 10 years old or younger).

Now, our government, via lawyers in its Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, seeks to kill DT for doing the same thing.

The death, loss and suffering is no less painful to the innocent victims and their families in the Middle East.

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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.

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