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PostPosted: Sat May 16, '15, 12:31 am 
He's been sentenced to death.

What an utter waste of how he lived his life.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, '15, 2:37 pm 
In Boston, and Massachusetts at large (where this all happened), people are generally against the death penalty. The state banned it a while ago. To get on the jury, you could not object to the death penalty, which struck me as odd from the start. This seemed far more about revenge than justice. This seems to just make him a martyr and I'm not sure this is justice.

Bad childhood defense...well, even if some people have bad childhood experiences and come out fine, not everyone does. No two people have the same experience nor reaction to that experience. A bad childhood will influence who you are as you age. I can get being tired of it, but if it's a factor, it should be considered. More and more I find trying to fit every individual into the same ideal of what a person 'should' be to be a bad idea, as it causes people to judge rather than listen and understand.

One way or the other, it seems society is trending towards (and science is increasingly showing) that retributive justice isn't too effective at preventing crime and violence. Science now shows that the human brain isn't fully developed until the mid-20s, but we still base our justice system on the age of 18 being the cut-off for adulthood, which is an outdated idea. And I think in this case, that outdated idea is contributing to us to making a poor and unfair decision.

Granted, I think our justice system is in need of serious reform, but that's a whole different discussion.

Disclosure: I'm personally against capital punishment.


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PostPosted: Sat May 16, '15, 8:11 pm 
Granted everyone is going to have a different reaction to their upbringing and those factors that may affect their own individual lives, etc., however, whether they are 18 or 20 or 75 most people are able to know and tell right from wrong and act accordingly unless they have a severe mental illness or something of the sort which prevents that from happening. I don't think that is the case here. The young man seemed to know exactly what he was doing and why he was doing it and did it anyway according to all reports I have read/seen, etc., unless I missed something along the way.

As far as the death penalty in general, I'm not really for it or against it. Haven't made my mind up entirely at this point I guess. I do think some crimes are so awful that they deserve some type of harsher punishment. It makes me wonder if the prison system today with all it's priviledges, etc., is really adequate justice for that to happen.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, '15, 4:58 pm 
Recently asked a question about the death penalty in our "Getting To Know You" thread and received some interesting answers from everyone. To read more about that thread you can find it here at the link below:

getting-to-know-you-2015-vt9902.html?start=380


Now, this morning I read two different very interesting articles on this subject of the death penalty, etc., and thought I would share them here. One article refers to how shocked some of the people in Boston were that the death penalty was reached in this case. The other article talks about another person in Boston that previously received the death sentence for his crimes and how his conduct has been since being in prison, etc.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/dea ... cid=AARDHP

http://news.yahoo.com/dzhokhar-tsarnaev ... ories.html


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 9, '15, 4:03 pm 
And, still more sentencing in the aftermath of the Boston Bombing as friends of the Boston Bomber were sentenced for their roles related in this crime:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/bos ... cid=AARDHP


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