Parents of youngest Boston Marathon victim oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev
The New York Times - 04/17/2015
Even if the government rejects the Richards’ plea, the letter might influence the prosecution’s strategy during the death penalty phase, said Daniel S. Medwed, a law professor at Northeastern University. “It creates a profound moral question for the prosecution,” he said. “The prosecution does not represent the victims, but out of deference to the Richards’ wishes, should it refrain from relying on the horrific murder of their son in seeking the death penalty?”
A factor that could complicate the government’s decision, he said, is that one of the aggravating circumstances that prosecutors have cited for pursuing the death penalty is that Martin was particularly vulnerable because he was a child.