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More on the Marathon Bomber

Catherine Shoichet has this story for CNN on the decision to seek the death penalty for the Marathon Bomber.  Most interesting to me are the quotes from victims and their families:

For Liz Norden, it's one small step forward.

Her sons, JP and Paul, each lost a leg in the bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 250 at the April 15 race.

"I just am relieved that it's going forward in the right direction, one step forward in the recovery process, just that the option is out there on the table for the jurors, if that's the way it goes," she told CNN's The Situation Room.

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Federal officials weighed a number of factors before they announced their decision, including the opinions of victims of the deadly attack.

Survivors were asked to fill out a questionnaire about what they thought about the death penalty.

Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombing, said he has no doubt about where he stands: Tsarnaev deserves to die.

"I prefer the death penalty, because I prefer that people know that if you terrorize our country, you're going to be put to death," he told CNN affiliate WCVB. "And I strongly believe that's how it should be."

Life since the bombing hasn't been easy, he said.

"This is almost kind of too easy for him (Tsarnaev)," Fucarile told WCVB. "I still haven't walked for more than day in a prosthetic, and it's almost a year later. ... Life's good, you know. It's going to get better, but it's going to be a road, and it's going to be a long road for the rest of our lives."

The opinion is not unanimous among the victims and families, of course, and we can expect the death-penalty opponents to hand megaphones to the ones who disagree, but I was pleased to see CNN give coverage to those who want to see justice done.

Jeffrey Toobin speculates on whether the defendant will seek a change of venue, weighing the fact that "Boston was deeply traumatized" versus the fact that opposition to the death penalty runs stronger there than in most places in the country.  The Constitution gives the defendant the right to stay put if he wants.  In fact, it gives that right twice, in the original Article III and again in the Sixth Amendment.  I'll bet he stays put.

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