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#NEWS: “To End the Anguish, Drop the Death Penalty”

#NEWS: “To End the Anguish, Drop the Death Penalty”

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombings, wrote a powerful op-ed in the Boston Globe late last week asking for the Federal government to not seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Among their reasons for not wanting the death penalty for Tsarnaev is that it would prolong and add to their family's grief and suffering.
They write:

We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.  We hope our two remaining children do not have to grow up with the lingering, painful reminder of what the defendant took from them, which years of appeals would undoubtedly bring.

They are also concerned that pursuing the death penalty would ensure that Tsarnaev would become the primary focus and defining individual of that tragic day stating:

As long as the defendant is in the spotlight, we have no choice but to live a story told on his terms, not ours.

Read the full op-ed at the Boston Globe: To end the anguish, drop the death penalty

The NCADP has created the 90 Million Strong Campaign to unite the voices of those who believe the death penalty is wrong. We need to demonstrate that the broad public support to end this practice is already here in America, and 90 million people speaking up can make a difference.

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