Punchnel’s Published my Essay about Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should NOT Receive the Death Penalty

I’m grateful to Punchnel’s for publishing an essay I recently wrote about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger Boston Marathon bomber. It is my position that he should not receive the death penalty. Here is a teaser from the essay:

“In a world with as much evil and violence as this one, I can certainly understand the appeal of the death penalty and can’t really fault someone for supporting it, particularly if they are closely connected to a murdered victim. Those family members and friends of victims from the marathon that day are important stakeholders in this trial, and they deserve our ongoing support.

“I’m not sure, though, that we outsiders have to choose between advocacy on behalf of the victims and treating the perpetrator with dignity. Which is why it is my position that Dzhokhar, now all of 21 years old, should not be given the death penalty. Killing Dzhokhar off won’t bring any of his victims back, nor will it bring anyone any kind of psychological closure that they might hope for.”

For the whole essay, click here.

About a-year-and-a-half ago, Punchnel’s also published an interview I did with Northern-Irish memoirist, Tony Macaualay.

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