It is rare for the US Supreme Court to reassess a case, but there is an exception to this case. In 2013, Tsarnaev and his brother committed a bloody attack at the end of the Boston Marathon. Homemade bombs in a pressure cooker killed three people and injured more than 260 people.
Tsarnaev was arrested a few days later. His brother had already died in a shootout with the police.
In 2015, the American Kyrgyz was sentenced to death, but was rejected on appeal. The jury was not impartial, so the case had to be re-examined. President Trump’s Justice Department has appealed, seeking a ruling from the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the United States.
This ruling is coming now, which makes it possible for the death sentence to remain from 2015. The other option is for the Supreme Court to align with the decision on the appeal, and thus decide to have the case reviewed by a lower court.
Surviving relatives do not have to fear release: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, life imprisonment will remain in any case and a verdict is expected in June 2022.
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