More pols are coming out in favor of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev -- breaking with many of the Bay State's hand-wringing Democrats as Congress prepares to release an exhaustive report on the Boston Marathon bombings.
"He should get the death penalty if found guilty," former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Herald yesterday. Brown joins Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and most of the voters in calling for Tsarnaev's life if he is convicted in the dual bloody bombings that killed three and injured hundreds, as well as the killing of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.
"I believe that Attorney General Holder has correctly applied the law to the particularly heinous, depraved and premeditated attacks against defenseless victims," Lynch said when federal officials announced their decision to seek the death penalty last month. "Capital punishment should be reserved for extreme cases -- sought only as punishment for the most heinous and evil of crimes. Given the circumstances in the Boston Marathon bombings -- a premeditated terrorist attack on innocent victims on American soil -- I believe that this most extreme punishment should be available to the jury."
Republican Richard Tisei -- who is running against U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) -- also said he backs capital punishment for Tsarnaev.
A Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll showed that 59 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts said they believe Tsarnaev should face the death penalty if convicted. Only 28 percent of the 600 likely voters polled said they disagreed with Holder's decision. U.S. Rep. William Keating (D-Buzzards Bay) is expected to release a report this month revealing more details about the brutal attack.
Most top Democrats have boldly tiptoed around the issue.
Patrick, leading the charge, stated unequivocally: "One way or another, based on the evidence, Tsarnaev will die in prison." U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, masterfully having it both ways, said, "While I personally oppose the death penalty, I respect the attorney general's decision in this case as the United States seeks justice for this heinous crime."
U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III added his name to the growing list of anti-death penalty process respecters yesterday, saying, "While I don't support capital punishment, I respect the decision of federal prosecutors."
"I have full faith that the U.S. justice system will ensure Dzhokhar Tsarnaev never again harms innocent people," he said.
Love that "boldly tiptoed" line. And of course, there are plenty of examples of persons sentenced to life in prison killing again. The only way to ensure, if we really mean it, is an executed sentence of death.