Today a Boston jury handed down the death penalty sentence to the Boston Marathon Bomber (or should I say maniacal terrorist) Dzhokar Tsarnaev. I live twenty six miles north of Boston Mass and I can remember the whole terrorist attack as though it happened yesterday. I can tell you where I was when it happened and all the events that followed. It scarred the city, but it also showed the world just how strong Boston is and how it always will be!
Do I agree with the “death penalty” verdict? To tell you the truth, I’m not sure. Firstly, I must say that I hold all those jurors in the highest regard and their courage is to be commended. They had to endure the heart breaking testimony of the victims and their families as well as having to see gruesome pictures and videos that I’m sure will stay with them for the rest of their lives. That’s not something I would want to carry with me for the rest of my life. Secondly, what a position to be put in deciding if a human life should be terminated by lethal injection or locked away for life.
Whatever the penalty was going to be, it is not a time to be happy, joyful or celebrating. Let’s face it, either way the verdict went, he was going to die anyway either in jail or by lethal injection. Our thoughts should be with the victims who were killed or injured and pray that this may bring some sort of closure. Part of me says “yes, the bastard is going to get what he deserves,” but the other part says “by killing him, he’ll be considered a martyr and hero to some extremist’s, but a long life in a little cell 23 hours a day is a more fitting punishment.”
What I do know is whenever I think about it the first person I think about is the little 8 year old boy who was killed and the sadness his family had to endure. The death penalty will also show the world we mean business and terrorism will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, it will be many, many, years before the execution actually takes place as the appeal process could last thirty years. So, is there really justice?
I’m glad its over (sort of over because it will never be over for anyone involved) and I’m glad the jurors can get back to their “normal” lives. So, “Was Justice Served?”