WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Evans added that Boston police officers are finally satisfied, following an entire year of hard work to provide evidence for the trial of Tsarnaev.
“The most important thing here is, I think, we sent a message, a strong message, that we’re not going to tolerate terrorism. They are not going to blow up our city. They’re not going to inflict any type of terror on our country.”
The jury reached the death penalty verdict despite the attempts by Tsarnaev’s defense team to avoid capital punishment by arguing that Dzhokhar was influenced by his radical brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police just days after the bombing.
US Attorney Carmen Ortiz characterized Tsarnaev’s crime as an act of terrorism and highlighted the crime’s heinous gravity in the decision to pursue the death penalty.
The US state of Massachusetts, of which Boston is a capital, declared the death penalty unconstitutional in 1984. However, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was tried under US federal law because of the gravity of his crime.