Supreme Court appears likely to allow death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber


A divided Supreme Court seemed prepared Wednesday to allow the death sentence to be reimposed for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after a federal appeals court voided it.

A majority of the justices suggested that they did not agree with defense claims that the trial judge improperly restricted the questioning of prospective jurors or was wrong to exclude evidence of a separate crime two years before the bombing.

Tsarnaev was convicted of joining his older brother, Tamerlan, in planting two pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line in 2013 that killed three people and injured hundreds more, many of them seriously. In a separate phase of the trial, the jury recommended capital punishment for the deaths of the two people killed by the bomb that he placed.

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Source: NBC News