The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6–3 on Friday to reimpose the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The decision reversed a federal appeals court ruling that had voided it.
“By a vote of 6–3, the court rejected defense claims that the judge at Tsarnaev’s 2015 trial improperly restricted the questioning of prospective jurors and was wrong to exclude evidence of a separate crime two years before the bombing,” NBC News reported.
“Tsarnaev was convicted of joining his older brother, Tamerlan, in planting and detonating two pressure-cooker bombs at separate spots near the marathon finish line in 2013. The blasts killed three people and left hundreds of others with serious injuries,” the report added.
“In a second phase of the trial, the same jury recommended capital punishment for the deaths of the two people killed by the bomb the younger Tsarnaev placed. His older brother was killed in a shootout with police four days after the bombing. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ordered a new sentencing hearing, ruling unanimously that U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. failed to allow enough questioning of potential jurors about how closely they followed extensive news coverage of the bombings,” the report stated.
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