Friday, April 24, 2015

Episcopal bishops speak out against death penalty ahead of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentencing

From Massachusetts-

The state's three Episcopal bishops, including the Right Rev. Douglas Fisher of the Western Massachusetts diocese, have issued a statement reaffirming their church's stance against the death penalty. The statement adds to the voices of those taking stands on the fate of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Referencing a letter written by the family of bombing victim Martin Richard at the start of the sentencing phase of Tsarnaev's trial this week, the statement says, as that letter "movingly asserted, justice will be fully served by a life sentence without parole."

A jury found the 21-year-old Tsarnaev guilty April 8 on all 30 charges in the first phase of the trial.

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