Biden Won't Say If He'll Execute Boston Bomber
Added 08-03-20 06:20:05pm EST - “Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been silent on the news that Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will need a new trial in order to be executed?"a trial Biden's Justice Department would prosecute, if…” - Freebeacon.com
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has been silent on the news that Boston Marathon bombing perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will need a new trial in order to be executed—a trial Biden's Justice Department would prosecute, if the Democrat is elected.
The overturning of Tsarnaev's capital sentence has gone unmentioned by Biden's campaign in press releases and on social media since Friday's ruling. The campaign also did not respond to inquiries from the Washington Free Beacon as to whether Biden would pursue the death penalty for Tsarnaev if elected.
The ruling and Tsarnaev's crime also went unmentioned in Biden's Sunday remarks on the anniversary of the El Paso Walmart shooting. During that event, according to text of his comments released by the campaign, Biden emphasized the need to fight white supremacy and push for gun control, but did not discuss specific penalties for shooting perpetrator Patrick Crusius, who is currently facing multiple capital charges.
Biden's silence on the issue is a stark contrast with President Donald Trump, who has condemned the ruling and called for a "do-over" trial for Tsarnaev. It is also a marker of how Biden—who supported the death penalty throughout his time in the Senate—has shifted left on both capital punishment and criminal justice during his latest run for the presidency.
"Dzhokhar Tsarnaev committed one of the ‘worst domestic terrorist attacks since the 9/11 atrocities,' and President Trump is calling for swift justice on behalf of the American people," Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella told the Washington Free Beacon. "After flip flopping on his support for the death penalty, Joe Biden is now noticeably silent as justice is being ripped away from the families and friends who lost their loved ones in this heinous massacre. Biden is proving once again that in his America, criminals will not be held accountable for their crimes."
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