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Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev get LIFE or DEATH?

Now that Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty in the Boston Marathon Bombings, she he be given a life sentence or the death penalty?

 

Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 charges against him. The next phase of the trial — called the penalty phase — is expected to last about four weeks.

The same jury will be asked to decide if Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon April 15, 2013.

Should he get a LIFE sentence or the DEATH penalty?

Life Sentence

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5 points

Keep him locked up and no one will talk about him ever again.

Side: Life Sentence
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
4 points

http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/usexecute.htm

Nobody ever talks about those that have been executed, just see how many on this list you have heard of.

Side: Death Penalty
Jace(4706) Disputed
2 points

This is true, except when their cases and executions are heavily publicized and politicized. In the case of Tsarnaev where dying for the cause of radical Islam is a form of martyrdom subsequently used for PR and recruitment one might easily expect that a life sentence would be of less utility to extremists than an execution.

Side: Life Sentence
dcb9242000(167) Disputed
2 points

Still, he wants to be killed to be a martyr for people who support what he believes in. If we lock him up, then he won't have much more influence.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

You are right. Although, I have heard of Holly Wood who is on the list, I know it isn't the Hollywood I am thinking of.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

Actually could have the opposite effect. He'll probably be making headlines in 40 years time for marrying a 20-something-year-old like Charles Manson if he just gets locked up.

Side: Death Penalty
0 points

I was acting under the assumption that he will get multiple appeals trials and be in the headlines multiple times for those. Charles Manson does get some coverage, but it is pretty small. Manson is a good example, but he hardly generates headlines.

Side: Death Penalty
wtxwoman(40) Disputed
0 points

He is young. Do you want to be responsible for housing, feeding, clothing and guarding him for the next 50+ years? I say execute him, burn the body and scatter the ashes. If you want to make sure he doesn't get to his Heaven, pack his carcass with pig entrails first and don't tell anyone where the ashes were thrown.

Side: Death Penalty
Troy8(2431) Disputed
2 points

Well it costs more to execute him so looking at the options, yes.

Side: Life Sentence
4 points

Whichever costs less to the taxpayer. Currently, it costs much more to execute someone than to keep them alive. If they use him as manual labor, he could even contribute to society.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Clarified
2 points

You genuinely think that justice should be determined primarily in relation to its financial cost?

Side: Life Sentence
wtxwoman(40) Disputed
0 points

The could hold a lottery and see how many people would pay to be the one to kill him. Justice should be swift, a bullet to the forehead and straight to the crematory and into the wind.

Side: Death Penalty
Jace(4706) Disputed
1 point

The very basic argument against your proposal is that it represents a gross miscarriage of justice under the cruel and unusual punishment clause in accordance with considerable judicial precedent dictating the acceptable forms of execution where it remains legal. Further, unless you are suggesting that all convicts facing the death penalty have their sentence carried out in this fashion then you are introducing unequal application of the law which undermines the legitimacy of the legal system (rather accomplishing the very end result terrorism is intended to accomplish).

And all of that aside, the winner of that bid would hardly be likely to carry out justice swiftly and much more likely to take their time and make him suffer. Your statements thus stand in contradiction to themselves.

Side: Life Sentence
4 points

I think he should get a life sentence because two wrongs don't make a right. If we kill him for killing others were just as bad as him. If we kill him we should die ourselves. If we do this it's not doing anything but making us bad people. I say locking him up for life, alone, and away from the outside world would do us justice.

Side: Life Sentence
minimurph83(194) Disputed
0 points

so two wrongs don't make a right, so should we have gone into Afghanistan after 911?

Side: Death Penalty
lulu_llama(4) Disputed
0 points

So what your saying is that if we kill him, we are just as bad as the guy who MURDERED children and adults. Why should he get the right to live he didn't give those who died at the Boston marathon bombing that option.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

It has less about what he has the right to do, and more about the fact that our justice system is not meant for vengeance.

Side: Life Sentence
3 points

I oppose the death penalty. .

Side: Life Sentence
Cuaroc(8826) Disputed
3 points

Quality arguments as usual.

Side: Death Penalty
Sitar(3682) Disputed
2 points

There is nothing wrong opposing the death penalty. .

Side: Life Sentence
0 points

May I ask why?

Side: Death Penalty
Sitar(3682) Disputed
1 point

Because people have the right to live. Because it is hypocritical for the government to condemn killing while killing. Because of the disproportionate rate of false convictions, and last but not least: because of inhumane methods of killing.

Side: Life Sentence
3 points

actually NEITHER! he was used, a patsy by the govt. its obvious when you study the all the evidence. his trial was a joke. everything the msm said is a lie and a contradiction. truly,americans are the dumbest people on the planet. so easliy hoodwinked.

Side: Life Sentence
0 points

First, why are you making multiple accounts just to say this sort of thing? Second, what evidence do you have that supports your claims?

Side: Death Penalty
JalenSmith(183) Disputed
2 points

What multiple accounts? Let's be skeptical here and go through a check list we can all agree government is corrupt so what makes you think they wouldn't do this? We know media is bias and we all know the united states has a past of false flag terror(I hope you do) Anyway, here watch this video first https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpu6_kArb9U Keep an open mind. Ok now here are 2 websites i personally like for this event, here https://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/false-flag-theatre-boston-bombing-involves-clearly-staged-carnage/ and http://www.hangthebankers.com/proof-boston-marathon-bombing-was-a-false-flag-operation/ tell me what you think so i can get back to you.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

Death penalty just doesn't make sense to me. Someone does a terrible crime so we kill them and they never have to repent or feel remorse? No, if someone does something unspeakable, like mass murder or the boston bombing, throw them in the cell and throw away the key, proverbially. Have them live with the choices they made for the rest of their lives.

Side: Life Sentence
dem6(76) Clarified
2 points

If that were the case, then life imprisonment is a good punishment for him. But unfortunately that's not how it works. He has to be fed regularly and with proper dietary requirements. He should be able to keep himself clean, so basic bathroom facilities. He should be allowed to freaking pray! If he has health troubles, then he should be tended to. Although he doesn't get a first class treatment, he gets the basic human care and he still has his fucking rights!

People who find themselves jobless and on the streets (they committed no petty crimes, let alone terrorism) can't afford most of those facilities.

So no, giving him LIFE, under the current system, just won't do justice.

Side: Life Sentence
MKIced(2483) Clarified
3 points

Just because maximum security prisoners get to eat and take a dump doesn't mean they have any rights or live a comfortable life. They live a lot of their lives in solitude and the food they eat is miserably poor quality.

People who find themselves jobless and on the streets (they committed no petty crimes, let alone terrorism) can't afford most of those facilities.

Homelessness is a completely different debate. That being said, there are homeless shelters out there. I don't know the quality of them, but they exist. Not to mention the notion that some homeless people do commit petty crime (whether intention or not) and wind up getting the care they need in minimum security prisons.

Side: Life Sentence
minimurph83(194) Disputed
1 point

So have them in jail at the tax payers expense, living life regardless of where they are there still living and breathing unlike his victims, let alone the ones who survived who have had their lives changed for ever! what's the point in putting him in a cell and throwing away the key, that's a waste of a cell, kill him!! one less extremist the more we take a stronger stance towards these kind of people the better chance we have of putting some of them off planning anything like this again!!

Side: Death Penalty
3 points

So have them in jail at the tax payers expense,

It costs more to put someone to death than to put them in prison for the rest of their life.

one less extremist the more we take a stronger stance towards these kind of people the better chance we have of putting some of them off planning anything like this again

The death penalty has not been proven to serve as a deterrent.

Side: Life Sentence
MKIced(2483) Disputed
3 points

"A recent study commissioned by the Nevada legislature found that the average death penalty case costs a half million dollars more than a case in which the death penalty is not sought." (source)

And if we're talking about wasting jail cells, then we should relax the ridiculous war on drugs by legalizing recreational use of marijuana. In 2013, there were 1.5 million arrested for nonviolent drug charges. Seems like that's wasting a hell of a lot more jail cells than the ones being used for murderers.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

I am an optimist and have blind faith in the social sciences (coughs). I believe in redemption, even for mass murderers.

Redemption is not the main reason any person should be spared from the death penalty. It is just more economical to put the criminals into labor camps.

If you want to punish a terrorist who wanted to tear down American society, have him put up American infrastructure with his hands.

Capital punishment is just revenge.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

Okay correct me if Im wrong but isnt he muslim and dont muslims believe in a great afterlife if you "serve" Alah Im not saying I believe in that shit or anything but why let him live his last days in peace in "knowing" he will be in a better place why not make every day a living hell forever for him everyday he gets beaten the crap out of from somebody who is related in some way to someone whowas hurt or killed on this earth from this evil piece of shit that even dogs wont eat. If he gets raped by the biggest and "biggest" guy ever and is bullied by everyone and maybe 20 years from now he has a painful death then you can call the American justice system a success...`murica

Side: Life Sentence

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Side: Life Sentence
2 points

I wonder whether we have the moral authority to even judge him?

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

Of course we do. We as a society have agreed upon a legal and social code, one that be broke when he intentionally and knowingly harmed and killed innocent individuals. By breaking said codes and acting in the way he did, he loses his rights to self determination, and we as a society, through our legal system, judge the extent of his crimes and the adequate penalty for them.

Side: Death Penalty
flameaway(27) Disputed
2 points

Hmm, but if we as a society break our own laws in this matter by what standard of fairness can we judge anyone else?

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

His life was failing at a very crucial stage of his existence. He always had an option out of this but, he took the wrong one this time. He was very stressed, at times like these you might have a mental disorder when you think you have no other option so, you do what you brain thinks and don't listen to anything else. He should go to jail for 10 years and in that time, he should go to a therapist to get his life back on track.

Side: Life Sentence
wtxwoman(40) Clarified
2 points

Please, tell me you are being sarcastic. Sometimes, I miss that.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Clarified
1 point

That statement is at least as sensible as any of yours have been...

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

The death penalty is the easy way out for cowards like him. Of course what he did was wrong and inexcusable, however he'll be thrilled with the death penalty. He wouldn't care he's dying, he did his job. Instead you let the man rot away in prison for the rest of his life, that's called justice. He took innocent lives away, so his life should be taken away too, slowly and painfully.

Side: Life Sentence

I don't think the man deserves death. Yeah he killed a few people but every Us President of the last century are sociopathic killers and murdered thousands but yet we still celebrate them.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

They killed people in war. This is different. This was no honorable death on a battle field, it was murder.

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

Nobody celebrates these idiots. How about we put em all in cages...

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

Big mistake in giving him the death sentence. Whilst on the one hand he would be deprived of his life just as he deprived his victims of theirs the fundamental difference is that his victims wanted to LIVE at the time they were murdered. Tsarnaev wanted to DIE (pretty sure he tried to take his own life in the run up to being captured anyway). These terrorists are not your average criminal (who would possibly want to stay alive), they commit these crimes with the objective of becoming martyrs so the death penalty to them is more like a prize of honour rather than a punishment. He should be kept alive and made to live with what he's done and with no chance of parole because that would be far more torturous to him than being killed. On the occasion, the death penalty is not just, it's freedom.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

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Side: Death Penalty
2 points

I think the death penalty is too good for him. Besides, it's cheaper to keep him locked up.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Disputed
0 points

To be clear, then, you favor an increasingly outmoded form of retributive justice and also think that laws ought to be determined by their economic impact rather than by their justness or objective impact on society. Nice; that will end well for everyone I am sure.

Side: Death Penalty
Troy8(2431) Disputed
2 points

What do you think a sentence for a murderer should accomplish? Because that really determines justice. Do you really believe the death penalty accomplishes something that a life sentence does not and is more valuable than the money saved? I'm not just considering the economic impact. Please tell me how a life sentence is worse for society than the death penalty. Then maybe your argument will carry some weight.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

None of the above. Where is the "He's innocent option?" Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpu6_kArb9U Now, These 2 websites, https://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/false-flag-theatre-boston-bombing-involves-clearly-staged-carnage/ And http://www.hangthebankers.com/proof-boston-marathon-bombing-was-a-false-flag-operation/ You are voting for this man to be killed/ locked up but all he is is an FBI informant who was turned into a Patsy. Please look at both sides of the story He did nothing and deserves freedom.

Side: Life Sentence

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Side: Life Sentence
2 points

I think the best solution is talk to him about why he has done and try to change his ways of life. Throwing him in prison as a sign of revenge is reasonable but it is better to try to change his ways of life. People wouldn't do that because they are so fixed on getting revenge that is actually not healthy for society. Revenge creates a cycle of hate and that will continue forever until one side stops.

If the only two options is prison or death sentence, then obviously it is life sentence. If i was a revengeful person and i am a revengeful person, life sentence is better because death is an easy escape.

Side: Life Sentence
0 points

He's a Muslim. He's devoted to the teaching of Muhammed no matter what you try to "reteach him". He's obligated to follow the commands of a child rapist and is brainwashed as such.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

I don't think that the court should sentence him to death. If he is killed, it will make him a martyr to the people in America that are being recruited by terrorists. If he is locked up, then it won't be as big of a deal.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Or chop his head off and declare it as Sharia Law. Then quitting the bastards into the country like mindless liberal idiots.

Side: Death Penalty

He was sentenced to death in May 2015 but I feel that he should have been given life in prison with no parole.

Side: Life Sentence

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Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Firstly, the filth should have his hair shaven off, and then incarcerated for the rest of his useless life. If the dirtball Muslim was to be executed his breed would take revenge and he would become a martyr. Hard labour, breaking rocks in the hot sun with a daily ham sandwich and just enough water to keep him alive would be a reasonable punishment.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Well then we can just execute those who try and take revenge and use espionage to find out which of the radicals are so we can arrest them before they do anything.

As much as I despise him as a person, shaving off those gorgeous locks would be a crime in itself ;)

Side: Death Penalty

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Side: Death Penalty
1 point

Death penalties are unfair. Recently, two of Australia's (my hometown) citizens were executed in Indonesia. This caused international outrage across the world. Even though Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's wrongdoings caused such a fuss, a life sentence is a humane and fair punishment. SWAGGGGG

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Okay. A man rapes your toddler then tells you how much they liked it. When they get no death penalty, they look over at you and smile...

Side: Death Penalty

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Side: Death Penalty
1 point

a life sentence costs the state less money and it also is a harsher punishment you must wake up everyday in a box where people hate you. looking over your shoulder everyday is far worse then the death penalty.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

He should get a life sentence and a swift one. They should hang him by his heels and gut him like the pig he is. Boo Hoo, he had a bad childhood. So did most of the rest of us. That is no excuse to behave with such cold, calculated indifference. He only showed pity for himself. He should die, the quicker, the better. Don't drag the process out and cost the state and national a lot of additional money.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

The whole point of the appeals process is to prevent innocent people from being killed. If you remove the appeals process for him, you risk the chance of removing the appeals process for legitimately innocent people down the road.

Side: Death Penalty
wtxwoman(40) Clarified
2 points

I don't think there should be an appeals process for people who freely admit to their crimes, especially when there is video and eyewitness testimony. I believe that anyone convicted of multiple murders such as terrorists and serial killers, shouldn't have an appeals process. It's a waste of time and money.

Side: Life Sentence
wtxwoman(40) Disputed
2 points

The appeals process should be kept by people who have a reasonable doubt to their crime. This guy was seen, videod and admitted in court that he was involved in the murders and mutilation of many people and injury to over 260 people. He needs to die. He is a useless human being. To make a point as to what will happen to the ones in the future who try this sort of thing, he should be stuffed with pig entrails, wrapped in a pig's skin and cremated and thrown out where no one knows.

Side: Life Sentence
0 points

How about we give em a little taste of Sharia Law, seeing they love it so damn much.

Side: Death Penalty

String him up high! If he thought it apt to take others lives then why is his so precious? Tit for tat I say. Let it be a warning to all Muslims who try and make an enemy of the civillized World.

Side: Death Penalty
Starchild123(832) Clarified
6 points

Do you believe life is a precious thing?

Side: Life Sentence
6 points

Whether life is precious or not and how much so is relative to whose life it is. The life of a sick monster is worth nothing.

Side: Life Sentence
minimurph83(194) Disputed
6 points

Why don't you ask that to Dzhokar? he clearly doesn't so he needs to be treated with the same distain!

Side: Life Sentence
wtxwoman(40) Disputed
2 points

Tsarnaev's life isn't precious. He gave up that when he MURDERED innocent people and injured over 200 who will have to live with what he did the rest of their lives.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Clarified
2 points

You honestly think executing him is going to be a "warning" that deters radical Muslims? More likely his death will be treated as a PR boon by extremists to radicalize more disillusioned people.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

The solution to this problem is simple. Remove all Muslims from the Western world and we wont have to worry.

Side: Life Sentence
0 points

I agree. He is an admitted multiple murderer. Why should he have an appeal? What are they appealing?

Side: Death Penalty
Jace(4706) Disputed
1 point

He should have an appeal because it is permitted to others within our legal justice system, and to introduce subjective variation into who can appeal and who cannot undermines the legitimacy of that system.

I do not know what they are appealing but it is hardly surprising that they are doing so. It is unlikely that he will win upon appeal, but his attorneys are ethically required to exhaust all means at their disposal to provide the best possible defense to their client. This is how an adversarial system works, and while it does lead to some blatant inefficiency sometimes it is also what keeps prosecution accountable overall.

Side: Life Sentence
4 points

The death penalty seems to suit his crime. If you don't use it in this case, you might as well abolish it. Unfortunately either way the jury goes, Tsarnaev will spend the next 10-20 years appealing their decision, must likely at taxpayer expense. But finally he will end.

Side: Death Penalty
4 points

An eye for an eye is what I say! so death is what he has earned himself, and if I had my way he would die a very slow lonely death, no food or water alone in a sound proof cell, wasting away with only the thoughts of why did I do this!! anyone who chooses and plans to take another persons life has to pay the ultimate price for their actions, because not only do they take the persons life they effect anyone close to that person for the rest of their life, I know this because im having to suffer this myself!

Side: Death Penalty
4 points

An eye for an eye is what I say!

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Why should we lower ourselves to his level? If we decry these people for their atrocities, why commit atrocities in revenge?

Side: Life Sentence
minimurph83(194) Disputed
4 points

Lowering ourselves has nothing to do with it! and taking his life is not an atrocity its justification for his action, in life there needs to be consequence for your action!! otherwise why have law?? To deal with extremist takes extreme measures, we all only have on life to live and to take someone's away with them is the worst thing you can do, so why should you not have yours taken away! it makes no sense to lock these people up for the rest of their lives!

Side: Death Penalty
4 points

How can you say that killing someone who is a murdering terrorist and indisputably a monster on the same level as killing random, innocent people, one of whom was a little boy? He deserves to die, they didn't.

Side: Death Penalty
4 points

This is tough because it is obviously an emotional topic. I so seldom support the death penalty that I'm not altogether comfortable saying this, but if anyone deserves the death penalty it's this asshole. I would be ok with someone shoving a ham sandwich into his mouth right before he's put to death.

Side: Death Penalty
3 points

I think he needs to be made an example of. I think we need to show terrorists that they are not going to get away with these attacks and if they do, they will pay the ultimate price. Death to Dzhokhar then, well maybe not. I also think there is no greater punishment than to let someone rot in jail. So, Maybe that isn't a bad option.

Side: Death Penalty
ConLibFraud(9) Disputed
2 points

Welcome to America! The land where you are guilty until proven innocent! How is it you just swallow what the government/msm tell you and never question?

Side: Life Sentence
Cartman(18192) Disputed
0 points

Debate description: "Now that Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been found guilty..."

A discussion about someone who has already been found guilty does not show that in America you are guilty until proven innocent.

Side: Death Penalty
Sitar(3682) Disputed
1 point

An eye for an eye leaves both people blind. What he did was wrong, but it would be equally wrong to kill him. Life is the most basic right there is.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Clarified
1 point

Executing Tsarnaev is not going to function as a deterrent. More likely his execution will be used to radicalize more disillusioned persons into acts extremism. The promise of martyrdom may actually be more enticing than dissuading, and certainly more attractive than life in prison.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

LIFE will only be appropriate if we can make sure that he spends every moment of it being unhappy, feeling guilty and wishes every second that he were dead. But if we take actions that makes him feel that way, then people will start talking human rights! (Why people don't understand that human rights are for 'HUMANS', not monsters, is beyond me!) And this will only result in more time, money and other resources spent on this son of a bitch!

So hang the fucking bastard!

Side: Death Penalty
flewk(1192) Disputed
2 points

What happened to the original purpose of prisons? Rehabilitation?

What you have described is revenge. You want him to suffer for his crimes. What about justice?

Side: Life Sentence
daver(1771) Clarified
3 points

What happened to the original purpose of prisons? Rehabilitation?

Prisons have never been solely for rehabilitation. Prisons have been for punishment since before they were called prisons. Prisons are also for simple incarceration. The notion of rehabilitation is new.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

if he had no problem taking lives of innocent bystanders, his life should be taken as well.

1. he bombed innocent people running in a marathon that benefited charities.

2. he was on the run, still shooting and trying to kill people trying to turn him in

bottom line this is oneeee bad dudeee

Side: Death Penalty
Sitar(3682) Disputed
1 point

He was wrong for killing, but killing him will not bring his victims back.

Side: Life Sentence
2 points

Did he let others live in Boston. He killed many and hurt many more. He should absolutely die, he is a waste ,a coward and shouldn't get the luxury of life.

Side: Death Penalty

Blokes like him should've got it before but like everything else a bad brute gets respite for a longer time.

Side: Death Penalty

Yes. These terrorists behead, bomb, etc. those they have in captivity and those free from their grasp in an attempt to terrify the world. Since this the case one can reasonably assume that they are not completely void of a fear of death, because this is what they believe is the worst one can do to people. If one pretends life is not precious and applies the same terror tactics, then you have taken the sting and shock value out of terrorism.

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

He made us lose innocent lives why doesn't he deserve to lose his to compensate

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

Quit voting for the party that started the KKK and opposed the Civil Rights movement, and we can keep these animals out of our country.

Side: Life Sentence
Jace(4706) Clarified
1 point

"Show me someone innocent, I'll show you there's no proof." (Stone Sour)

More importantly, killing one person does not bring anyone back from the dead nor does it erase the emotional grief of the loss of those that person killed. At the very best it might mitigate some of that grief, but even that is questionable. I find retributive vengeance to be a rather outdated and naive form of justice, frankly.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev killed and maimed people, he should be put to death for this. If we do not punish him with death, then we will be perceived as weak by other nations. Terrorists especially. If he gets a life sentence, more attacks will follow because people will be like 'meh it's just a life sentence, let's just send old people who are close to dying,' do we really want that?

Side: Death Penalty
Jace(4706) Disputed
1 point

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev killed and maimed people, he should be put to death for this.

Retribution is a shallow appeal to immediate emotional gratification with little objective consideration for the long term consequences of the action.

If we do not punish him with death, then we will be perceived as weak by other nations.

There are roughly 200 nations in the world, of which over 100 have abolished the death penalty and the trend is towards abolition rather than sanction (source 1, source 2). The reality is that most nations, including many of our important allies, are more likely to see the U.S. an immoral and unjust due to our use of execution than they are to see us as weak. With respect to hostile nations, I would suggest that they are well aware of the differentiation between our handling of domestics and our handling of international affairs. With respect to terrorists, they will spin whatever we do into their favor - we are either pedaled as weak or we are creating martyrs. Much more importantly, when we allow our domestic affairs to be dictated by our fear of terrorism we have become weaker in actuality and given terrorists exactly what they wanted.

If he gets a life sentence, more attacks will follow because people will be like 'meh it's just a life sentence, let's just send old people who are close to dying,' do we really want that?

Acts of terrorism are perpetrated by radicals who do not care if they live or die for their cause. Execution is not an effective deterrent in any case, but this is especially true in the instance of terrorism.

Side: Life Sentence
1 point

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Side: Life Sentence
1 point

Someone who accepts any number of lives to reach his goals does not deserve to live.

Side: Death Penalty
flewk(1192) Disputed
1 point

You should probably read over the court proceedings again.

He was not an informant. His defense claims his brother was approached by the FBI to inform on the Chechen and Muslim community. They cite this as an instigator for his brother's paranoia and subsequent actions.

Side: Death Penalty
WalterWhite(65) Disputed
1 point

Ah yes, the conspiracy theories, they must never be missed.

Of course 9/11 was a government job, wasn't it?

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

Can't ever just admit that Islam is bat shit crazy.

Side: Death Penalty

Love him the death penalty as that won't give him the chance to escape prison

Side: Death Penalty

Crucify

Side: Death Penalty
0 points

Every doctor and nurse I have shown this video says it cannot be real. A total fake.

There are so many unanswered questions about the Bombathon that the American people just ignore!

How have the American people become such a flock of dreeple mutants?

Did YOU fall for this hoax?
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Good question. And it's obvious that you are one of them...

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Those are survive of taking other lives doesn't deserve to live. Murder is the disgusting, and shouldn't ever be tolerated especially terrorists.

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Why are you posting this on the wrong side of the debate?

Furthermore killing him is completely different to killing anyone else. Killing a malicious, psychopathic terrorist is not comparable to killing innocent people.

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daver(1771) Disputed
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He won't be able to connect to the outside world like before. He can't explore. Remember he is still young, he hasn't seen the world yet.

Also young, also no more connection to the outside world like before, also unable to see and explore the world.

That symbol you are using for your ID has a history of representing unrealistic Utopian ideals about peace and love, that simply don't work with terrorists.

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flewk(1192) Clarified
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