As I performed my chores today, my mind kept wandering back to the now-known fate of Dzhokar Tsarnaev — one of two “Boston Bombers.” Was it a just trial? Twelve jurors thought so when they handed down the verdict and sentenced him to death. But, any time we talk about the death penalty, it becomes more about whether we as a society have a right to take someone’s life. Some consider that to be barbaric. I’m not one of them. “Barbaric” by definition means “savagely cruel; exceedingly brutal.” Sounds exactly like the actions Tsarvaev and his brother took that awful day in Boston.
Is it a fair sentence? Who says we have to be fair to a convicted murderer in order to live as a civilized society? Was he fair to his victims?
Some are concerned with the near-certainty that he will appeal the decision — a process that could drag on for 10 years. I say, let him. At least we know where he is — and that he can no longer end lives — or forever change the lives of other innocent victims.
The way I see it, I think our justice system did a fine job ….