Boston - This sure is one time I'm not against the death penalty

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    Mar 06, 2015 2:03 PM GMT
    http://www.aol.com/article/2015/03/05/jurors-hear-graphic-accounts-of-boston-marathon-bombing/21149944
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    Mar 06, 2015 2:25 PM GMT
    I have to admit this is one of the examples that truly tests my principles against the death penalty.
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    Mar 06, 2015 2:41 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare saidI have to admit this is one of the examples that truly tests my principles against the death penalty.


    As against it as I am, and for a Right Winger, it's a bunch, this is one of the exceptions that I've long talked about
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    Mar 06, 2015 3:23 PM GMT
    My only reservation is that it was possibly the older, deceased brother who indoctrinated and brainwashed the surviving younger one who's on trial.
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    Mar 06, 2015 3:28 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidMy only reservation is that it was possibly the older, deceased brother who indoctrinated and brainwashed the surviving younger one who's on trial.


    True, that gives me a little pause, but he's sure doesn't seem to being showing any remorse if news reports are to be believed, and he's certainly old enough to know better.
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    Mar 06, 2015 9:09 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidMy only reservation is that it was possibly the older, deceased brother who indoctrinated and brainwashed the surviving younger one who's on trial.

    As I remember, the younger bomber was not 8 years old.
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    Mar 06, 2015 9:36 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidMy only reservation is that it was possibly the older, deceased brother who indoctrinated and brainwashed the surviving younger one who's on trial.

    As I remember, the younger bomber was not 8 years old.

    Not at the time of the bombing, but he may have been radicalized at a much more susceptible younger age.

    Nevertheless I understand the US public will not tolerate a sentence less than death in this case. And If I were a member of the jury I'd likely vote for his death, as well, given the obvious guilt and the terrible crime and its consequences.

    It appears the defense team already knows that convincing the jury of extenuating circumstances and shifting the greater burden of guilt onto brother Tamerlan is the only way there's a chance of saving this guy. He may indeed be partially a victim himself of his family upbringing, but I think he's just gonna have to accept his fate.
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    Mar 06, 2015 11:05 PM GMT
    The only problem with the death penalty is that it is not harsh enough - gets an injection that puts him to sleep. Yawn.

    We should possibly take a note from his ISIS brothers and give an appropriate punishment - like throwing him off a high building to smash on pavement below.

    We could at least bring back the guillotine for terrorists (and so should the French.). At least they might experience a bit of terror as they feel the scaffold shaking as the blade descends.