U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider Boston Marathon bomber’s fate

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death penalty should stand.

In 2015, a Boston federal jury convicted Tsarnaev on all counts and sentenced him to die. But a federal appeals court later ruled the trial judge made key mistakes. The court reduced Tsarnaev’s sentence to life no parole.

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The Biden Administration is seeking to have Tsarnaev’s death sentence restored, arguing Tsarnaev received a fair trial. The U.S. Supreme Court hearing will come two days after the 2021 running of the Boston Marathon.

Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbott said she is focused on helping amputees through her Heather Abbott Foundation and is not trying to pay too much attention to the fate of the man who nearly killed her.

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Abbott was badly hurt when the second Marathon bomb, the one Dzhokhar Tsarnaev planted, exploded outside the Forum Restaurant on Boylston Street. She lost her left leg.

“I don’t have an opinion [about the Supreme Court],” Abbott said. “I think, no matter what happens, what’s lost isn’t coming back, and I concentrate on looking forward rather than looking back.”

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