A jury in Boston resumes deliberations today in the federal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He faces 30 charges in connection with the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, which killed three; he is also charged in the murder of a MIT police officer. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. Polls suggest that just over half of all Americans support the death penalty, but in practice, the number of executions has declined. We look at the debate over the death penalty.


  • Katharine Q Seeley Reporter, New York Times
  • Diann Rust-Tierney Executive director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
  • Kent Scheidegger Legal director and general counsel, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.
  • Robert Dunham Executive director, Death Penalty Information Center.

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