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Boston bomber death penalty: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces death penalty for 30 counts

Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will face the death penalty according to CNN. On Jan. 30 it was reported that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty -- something that was previously assumed by many but not confirmed. There was a chance that the death penalty was going to be taken off the table -- perhaps because many thought that Tsarnaev wanted to die and this would be him getting off easy... but alas that's not how the system works.

"The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision," said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

If the Boston bomber is convicted, the death penalty might not be his punishment. Tsarnaev is being represented by a couple of lawyers, one of whom is death penalty lawyer Judy Clarke. A plea deal could have Tsarnaev receiving a punishment of life in prison or another sentence -- something other than the death penalty.

Tsarnaev has been charged with 30 federal counts stemming from the Boston Marathon bombings and the aftermath (the death of officer Sean Collier and the wild police chase he and his brother led through Watertown, Mass. back in April).

Do you think Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will get the death penalty? What do you hope comes out of this trial?

More on the Boston bomber death penalty decision in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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