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April 17, 2015

Parent of Boston bombers' young victims: "To end the anguish, drop the death penalty"

Richard-right1The title of this post is drawn from the headline of this remarkable new Boston Globe commentary authored by Bill and Denise Richard, parents of 8-year-old Martin who was one of three people killed in the April 2013 explosions at the marathon's finish line. The full piece is a must read, and I will quote it all here to help ensure these victims' voices get heard in full:

The past two years have been the most trying of our lives. Our family has grieved, buried our young son, battled injuries, and endured numerous surgeries — all while trying to rebuild lives that will never be the same. We sat in the courtroom, day after day, bearing witness to overwhelming evidence that included graphic video and photographs, replicated bombs, and even the clothes our son wore his last day alive. We are eternally grateful for the courage and life-saving measures of first responders, Boston Police, the Boston Fire Department, and good Samaritans on April 15, 2013. We also thank the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, the Department of Justice, and the Massachusetts US Attorney’s Office for leaving no stone unturned during the investigation and trial.

But now that the tireless and committed prosecution team has ensured that justice will be served, we urge the Department of Justice to bring the case to a close. We are in favor of and would support the Department of Justice in taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for the defendant spending the rest of his life in prison without any possibility of release and waiving all of his rights to appeal.

We understand all too well the heinousness and brutality of the crimes committed. We were there. We lived it. The defendant murdered our 8-year-old son, maimed our 7-year-old daughter, and stole part of our soul. 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.

For us, the story of Marathon Monday 2013 should not be defined by the actions or beliefs of the defendant, but by the resiliency of the human spirit and the rallying cries of this great city. We can never replace what was taken from us, but we can continue to get up every morning and fight another day. As long as the defendant is in the spotlight, we have no choice but to live a story told on his terms, not ours. The minute the defendant fades from our newspapers and TV screens is the minute we begin the process of rebuilding our lives and our family.

This is a deeply personal issue and we can speak only for ourselves. However, it is clear that peace of mind was taken not just from us, but from all Americans. We honor those who were lost and wish continued strength for all those who were injured. We believe that now is the time to turn the page, end the anguish, and look toward a better future — for us, for Boston, and for the country.

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Not only so they can move on. But, but, if you wanted someone to suffer.

Life in a max federal prison isnot fun. Not that I know about directly, but these guys fear for their lives a lot.

Make this bozo pay the price each day. He can write his buddies and cry to them about his crappy life. Let him rot.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Apr 17, 2015 2:45:56 PM

I can't bash victim survivors, who are civilians in agony after losing their 8 year old son, sliced and diced by intentionally placed shrapnel. They just do not understand what is going on. All the delays and legal procedure is phony lawyer rent seeking. Their agony is as much from the lawyer profession as from the bomber. I would not point that out to them. I would just respect their view. Without the lawyer's treason, he would have been tried in a hour to present the evidence of his guilt, instead of the Broadway production that took place, and likely cost $millions. Then he would have been taken to the basement of the court and shot in the head. No agonizing. No pain for the families.

Instead, arrest the entire lawyer hierarchy for treason, try them, and execute them. They are the most powerful preventable cause of the success of our enemies. They are the Commissars of political correctness, of false piety, and of collaboration with the enemy. They, as much as Al Qaeda, caused 9/11 by their PC policies. They will not let our warriors kill the enemy. They try to intimidate government lawyers who want to protect our country. Now the Appeaser in Chief, a Harvard Law grad, a real lawyer dumbass, has been played like a fiddle by rug dealers, in that suicidal Iran nuclear deal.

The two bombers should not have even been alive long ago. The family from which they came should be eradicated with drones. All enemy financiers, religious leaders, and intellectuals should be eradicated. Instead, they are protected by the internal traitors that have infiltrated and fully control the three branches of our government.

This treason took place under Bush even more than under Obama. So I am not being partisan.

Stop the protection, coddling, privileging of our mortal enemies. Come the next major terror attack, scores get settled with these traitors. Because they control the government, the public will have to bring justice to them, as a patriotic duty.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 17, 2015 10:56:27 PM

I think these awful parents should be put out of their misery and put to death as well, before they undermine the essential glory of retribution and revenge. Death penalty advocacy needs to maintain a more actively offensive character if it is to survive into the future.

Posted by: Woebegone | Apr 18, 2015 12:43:08 PM

Given that the death penalty is not what it used to be, although a harsh death penalty could be a tough response ie, Jordan's execution of a jidahi, I doubt its a deterrent.

Many folks would rather die than live a life going for decades rotting in prison. Prison is no fun, conservatives however lie and propagate the claim that prison is a semi-paradise, prisoners don't work when in reality they do unless they want privileges taken away, prisoners get excellent healthcare when in reality doctor waits and sub-standard care are common, add to prison rape, meals that are bad with spoiled food and droppings,etc who would want to live their rest of their life in an american prison. Many conservatives have never spent time in an actual jail or toured one.

Granted not all prisons are super-bad, but nearly all of them are not so nice places. Rehab options are limited. I have no idea if Mcveigh is a ghost, in hell, in heaven, just plain dead depending on religious belief, but I can assure you he's probably glad and will probably make the same choice rather than rot in ADX florence.

Forgot max federal prison, send him to adx florence. The focus on DP ignores LWOP and how consequential it is. Many folks are sentenced to LWOP for many trivial crimes, for instance a person simply possessed "child porn", and was sent to LWOP, if you possess an ISIS torture video or an adult being abused or raped, should you get LWOP, are you "Re-victimizing the victim". Is watching the bombing take place and people getting injured "re-victimizing the victims".

LWOP is a cruel and unusual punishment, it was not even given before the 1970s, if you killed someone you could be given 20 years or death depending on how severe the crime was.

Posted by: Morgan | Apr 19, 2015 3:59:58 AM

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