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Death penalty not acceptable form of justice


The acts of terrorism known as the Boston marathon bombings took place on April 15, 2013.

Much pain and anger is still felt by those who lost loved ones and possessions to the bombings, even two years later.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty of 30 charges, including murder, in the first phase of his trial. The second phase, which will determine if he receives the death penalty, started on April 21. During this trial, some of the victims and their families demanded his death.

Tsarnaev should not get the death penalty despite the irreparable damage he caused innocent families in Boston. These emotional abrasions are too much to repair, and having him pay the ultimate price won’t fix the broken hearts or the wounded souls of all of those who are hurting.

Taking Tsarnaev’s life won’t restore those who died, nor will it take away the pain inflicted on their families. Deciding who gets to live or die is not a role the government should get to play. Death is exclusively determined by fate.

Capital punishment has been around for a while, and it has proven to be a factor in committing unchangeable mistakes.

The possibility of human error and perjured testimony are all too real. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, people sentenced to death are sometimes determined to be innocent later. The possibility of Tsarnaev being innocent is remote and very unlikely but not impossible.

A vicious criminal like Tsarnaev who was responsible for bringing death upon the innocent deserves a brutal punishment. However, he doesn’t have to die to pay for his wicked crimes. Instead he can serve a life sentence in a high-security prison, spending the rest of his life being haunted by his destructive actions. There is no worse torment than one’s thoughts.

Tsarnaev shouldn’t be given the death penalty because he was much too young when he committed his wrongdoings, said Ada Cronfel, an attorney from Laredo. Before becoming an attorney, Cronfel served as an assistant prosecutor for five years and then as a criminal defendant for 15 years. Though Cronfel condemns Tsarnaev’s actions, she says he deserves a lifetime in prison, an even worse punishment than death itself.

If a death penalty is given to Tsarnaev, it will make killers of us all, and that is not an example we should want to set for the future generations of this beloved nation.

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