Allowing Tsarnaev to be executed strengthens the entire death penalty machine and the overgrown criminal justice system
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s jury on May 15 decided on a death sentence.
Abolishing the death penalty makes society no less safe and makes the federal and local governments no weaker. Keeping the death penalty is barbaric, sinks government and the governed to the barbarism of murderers, and delays government from maturing away from the law of the jungle and the wild west towards a more enlightened, humane, and just form of government.
Today’s blog entry will not address all my decades-old reasons for favoring abolition of the death penalty, let alone the opposing views. For today, I say:
– Allowing Tsarnaev to be executed will fly in the face of federalism, when considering that Massachusetts state law bans the death penalty.
– President Obama should take the courageous and necessary step of commuting Tsarnaev’s sentence to life in prison without parole.
– Tsarnaev’s prosecution — in addition to the taxpayers’ sizeable expense of his trial and upcoming appellate attorney teams and expenses, which is only a fraction of the taxpayers’ expense of the prosecution — would have been less costly had this not been a capital prosecution.
– I deeply thank my hero Judy Clarke for repeatedly going to the litigation front lines in her opposition to capital punishment, including in her defense of Tsarnaev.
No death sentence nor death penalty prosecution is in my name.