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The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear the feds’ case seeking to reinstate the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Under the Trump administration, former Attorney General William Barr brought the case to the high court after the death sentence against the 27-year-old terrorist was tossed by an appeals court in July.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the fall.
President Biden has not revealed his stance on the case — though he has vowed to put an end to capital punishment. And if the court were to reimpose the sentence, the president doesn’t have to set a date for the execution.
The lower appeals court tossed the death sentence and three of Tsarnaev’s 30 convictions, finding that the trial judge didn’t do enough to ensure that jurors weren’t biased.
Regardless of the Supreme Court ruling, Tsarnaev is set to at least spend the rest of his life behind bars as his multiple life sentences still stand.
But Tsarnaev’s lawyers argued that he shouldn’t get the heavier death penalty because his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was the brains behind the deadly April 15 plot.
The siblings killed three people and wounded 260 by detonating two homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the race.
Tamerlan died in a shootout with cops afterward.
With Post wires
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