(I personally have gravitated away from the death penalty over time. Mostly after I was on a jury for a non murder case. However in some instances it is still worth pursuing and treason and terrorism is one of those times. – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
In a debate today, all five Democratic candidates for governor opposed the death penalty for Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Globe has the story:
This is a good issue to contrast the views of the Republican candidates with those of their counterparts on the other side of the aisle. Tsarnaev engaged in acts of terror and mass murder. He is responsible for the murder of one police officer and the injury of another. If any case is appropriate for the death penalty, it is this one. That seems to be the point made by AG Coakley and her colleagues, that no case is worthy of the death penalty. Not the Marathon Bomber; not Osama bin Laden; not Timothy McVeigh. They’ve staked out a position to the left of US Attorney General Eric Holder. While I admire their willingness to stand on principle, I strongly disagree with their stance. I suspect the majority of Massachusetts voters believe that the death penalty is appropriate in a limited category of cases, just like this one.