The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, an attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
A judge in Egypt on Monday sentenced 683 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death, including the group's leader, in a trial that Human Rights Watch has deemed unfair. Simultaneously, the April 6 movement that ignited the country's revolution has been banned for the crimes of embarrassing Egypt and protesting without permission.
Most death sentences are handed out for killing white people, even though African-Americans make up 50 percent of murder victims (they are only 12 percent of the population).
A perversion of American literature helped the state of Texas make 54-year-old Marvin Wilson the second mentally disabled prisoner to be executed within its borders in three weeks.
At least five states are considering getting rid of the death penalty, but the possible repeals have nothing to do with ethics. A study has shown that executions cost taxpayers three times as much as putting an inmate away for life, and budget shortfalls are making even capital punishment hawks doubt the sensibility of their position.