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US searches its soul over death penalty for the Boston bomber

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial coincided with reports of botched executions and the exhoneration of two people sentenced to death
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    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial coincided with reports of botched executions and the exhoneration of two people sentenced to death Reuters

Victims of the Boston Marathon bombings have described their wounds and relatives of the four people who died have given testimony that reduced jurors to tears. The defendant’s guilt is acknowledged even by his lawyers.

Yet the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has spurred fresh debate over the death penalty in America. As his legal team prepares to argue today that he should not be executed for the crimes for which he was convicted this month, abolitionists say that the reaction to the case is proof that support for capital punishment is waning. “Support for the death penalty is a

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