Dead Terrorist Walking? Let’s Hope So.

It’s not clear what impact the testimony of Sister Helen Prejean will have on the trial of Boston Marathon terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The celebrated death penalty opponent was the star witness for the defense in the death penalty phase of the trial of Tsarnaev who has already been convicted for his role in the 2013 attack in which three people were killed and 264 wounded, included 17 who lost limbs. The Catholic nun, who was immortalized in the film Dead Man Walking, claimed that the murderer expressed regret to her for his crime. The defense hopes this will influence the jury to turn down the government’s request that Tsarnaev be executed. But while it is possible to mount a coherent argument against the morality of the death penalty, it is to be hoped that at least in this case, the jury will reject the notion that this sort of ex post facto remorse manufactured for their benefit, ought to be enough to save Tsarnaev from paying the ultimate price for his savage crime.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The odds are 3:2 against for a death sentence. Even if he gets one it’ll be a decade of appeals before it’s eventually overturned.

  • Micky C.

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I kinda hope he gets a 600 year sentence, with a chance of parole after completing a third of it. I don’t want this douche martyred.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As I said earlier, supermax might even be worse than capital punishment. 23 hours of solitary a day with one hour of exercise in the middle of the night and no direct contact with anyone except his guards would leave him stark raving insane after only a few years.

  • tom_billesley

    He’s never made any public expression of remorse. I think she’s deluded at best.

  • The Goat

    Since when do we allow political lobbyists into a courtroom to try and influence judge and juries?

  • cmh

    either she is lying or he expressed remorse to shut her up

  • Xavier

    Liberal bleeding hearts are using a Catholic nun as their ace in the hole? Westerncivaphobia makes strange bedfellows.

  • no4

    I like this photo.