After three days of jury deliberations, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on Friday. The 21-year-old Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the sentence was read.
This was a verdict that was bound to displease some of the Bostonians directly affected by it (and they are the only ones that really count, not we that comment from afar), while others will say justice has been served.
Some say that we debase ourselves as a society for seeking the same eye-for-an-eye revenge the brothers sought, somehow making us no better than them. They will say that death will not deter other terrorists in our mist. Was this case ever about deterring terrorism?
Others will say that life in prison without parole would be far worse for someone that young, but the reality is that it may take years or decades in prison anyway to wade through the appeals process (perhaps this is the only real argument against the death penalty in our country for defendants who are clearly guilty).
Was justice done in this case, time will only tell. Did the jurors act reasonably in this case. Yes, given the overwhelming evidence, the cruelty of the act, the amount of lives that were damaged beyond the ones that abruptly ended, and the victims that face longer lives in their own physical and mental prisons, whether Tsarnaev dies or not.
It seems Tsarnaev and his brother handed out death penalties and life sentences with careless abandon to the people of Boston, so they should have likely assumed the punishment would fit the crime.
I have zero sympathy for Tsarnaev's situation. If ever the death penalty was warranted, it is in this case. It is only those who oppose the death penalty with every fiber of their being such as the nun, Helen Prejean, who could find otherwise. I have serious doubts that Tsarnaev ever expressed remorse to her about what he did. When he supposedly said no one should have to suffer the way they did, my guess is that he was referring to Muslims he believes the U.S. is persecuting in his country of origin and elsewhere.
Does this make Ms. Prejean a liar? No, she is simply mistaken and misguided.
Tsarnaev and his brother had a pretty good life here, and they decided that best thing they could do with it was become lone-wolf terrorists in a misguided plot to overthrow America. Trsarnaev is a sociopath, who will live many more years due to the ridiculous appeals processes allowed in such cases. I am quite certain he will a few more years, soaking up leftist lawyer money and sympathy for being a total creep who is now a new icon in a battle for how we deal with the worst people in our society.
With any luck, Tsarnaev will do what Timothy McVeigh did, and pull the plug on the whole legal circus involved in saving him. This is my hope here.