Legal analyst: Death penalty decision gives Tsarnaev incentive to plead guilty

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

January 30, 2014, 10:42 pm
SHARE THIS POST
Print Article


(NECN) - On Thursday, it was announced that Attorney General Eric Holder will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

There has been a lot of reaction from survivors of the attacks, law enforcement officials and lawmakers.

Legal analyst Michael Coyne joins NECN to discuss the decision.

"I think now, there is an incentive for the defendant to actually plead guilty, to forgo his appeals, in order to save his life over the next 60 years," said Coyne. "Absent that, he had no alternative but to actually try the case."

Tags: Boston, Boston Marathon, death penalty , Eric Holder , Michael Coyne, Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Tsarnaev
RELATED STORIES
COMMENTS
Tree nearly struck girl inside home; no injuries reported
A judge gave the defense until Monday to examine the body of Fitchburg, Mass. 5-year-old Jeremiah Oliver
Kevin Omar Sanchez, 15, of Lynn, Mass. pleads not guilty to murder in connection with shooting death of Amoy Blake