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article imageUS majority wants death penalty for Boston bombing suspect

By Phyllis Smith Asinyanbi     May 2, 2013 in Politics
Boston - According to a Washington-Post ABC news poll, 70 percent of surveyed Americans say they would support the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, the Boston bombing suspect.
Dzhokhar, along with his brother, Tamerlan, 26, were chased in a dramatic manhunt which culminated in a shootout with authorities that left Tamerlan dead and the younger brother captured.
Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room on two counts, using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death, at the iconic Boston Marathon where three were killed and over 260 were injured. If convicted, the death penalty is possible.
Initially, Tsarnaev was treated at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital but has since been transferred to the Federal Medical Center Devens, a prison facility 40 miles from Boston.
Despite favoring the death penalty for Tsarnaev, the poll indicates 74 percent of Americans believe trying Tsarnaev in federal court rather than as an enemy combatant is the proper legal course.
The support for the death penalty in this case crosses party lines with both Republicans and Democrats favoring it. The deeper divide is racial, with 75 percent of whites, 62 percent of Hispanic respondents and 52 percent of African Americans saying they support the death penalty.
Recently, another Washington Post Maryland poll showed 63 percent of whites and only 37 percent of African Americans voicing death penalty support for murder convicts.
With African Americans, opinions have more to do with the death penalty itself than the Boston bombing case. In an article entitled, "The Case Against the Death Penalty," the American Civil Liberties Union reports it is applied unfairly, and African Americans are more likely to be executed than whites.
The Washington Post-ABC poll has a margin of error, plus or minus, 3.5 percentage points.
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