From the Boston Herald: "Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is likely to avoid the death penalty, could entirely avoid a trial and in the hands of the right lawyer might win a modicum of mercy, argued top-ranked defense attorneys who have represented some of the nation’s most notorious terrorists and killers. 'We know he’s 19 years old, we don’t think he has a criminal record or been in trouble before. There are a lot of people out there that seem to have warm, positive things about him,' said Tamar Birckhead, whose client, Richard Reed, tried to blow an airliner out of the sky but got life by copping a plea. 'To predict he’ll get a life sentence is not unreasonable.'" What's unreasonable is that he killed and maimed people, yet his defenders (and defenders of terrorists in general) act as if he merely played a harmless prank. Why is there a rush to shrug off the murder of children and the maiming of people on American soil? These killers deserve no mercy, just the death penalty.
(Cartoon by Bob Gorell)