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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Faces the Death Penalty

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the he is seeking the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 20-year-old and his brother—who died during a pursuit and shootout with law enforcement in April—are believed to be behind a terrorist attack that killed three people (including an 8-year-old child) and injured more than 200 others near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last spring. In a court filing, prosecutors said that along with the fact that the attack was premeditated and well planned, Tsarnaev’s complete lack of remorse influenced Holder’s decision pursue capital punishment. The ACLU of Massachusetts has criticized the government’s decision, arguing that the state—not the federal government—should be in charge of the case. Massachusetts has abolished the death penalty …

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