Despite President Joe Biden
's previous claims that he is against capital punishment
, the Justice Department
has asked the Supreme Court
to reinstate the death penalty
for convicted Boston
bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Late Monday, the Justice Department filed a 48-page brief arguing that Tsarnaev, who was convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing
that killed three people
and injured hundreds more, had his death sentence wrongfully overturned by a lower court last year.
“The jury carefully considered each of respondent’s crimes and determined that capital punishment was warranted for the horrors that he personally inflicted,” acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar stated in the brief, according to Reuters.
Tsarnaev's lawyers have previously claimed that their client was less responsible for the attack
than his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who they claimed was the mastermind behind detonating two bombs at the marathon finish line. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a gunfight with police
days after the bombing.
The new DOJ
filing to the Supreme Court contradicts what Biden has publicly stated about abolishing the death penalty. Experts such as David Bruck, a veteran death penalty defense lawyer, told Stardia in January that Biden's administration should focus on directing the Justice Department to stop seeking and defending death sentences in federal cases.
“The new administration should not be working to fill the death row cells that have been emptied by this execution spree,” Bruck said at the time, adding that “the machinery of death within the Justice Department” should be stopped.
On Tuesday, White House
spokesman Andrew Bates told Reuters that the Justice Department “has independence regarding such decisions” in federal death penalty cases, but he reiterated Biden’s ostensible opposition to capital punishment.
“President Biden has made it clear that he has serious concerns about whether capital punishment is consistent with the values that underpin our sense of justice and fairness,” Bates told the publication.