The fate of the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, lies in the hands of 12 people, the same 12 people who convicted him of murder.
If you are old enough to kill does that mean you are old enough to be killed? Young minds are very easy to be manipulated and young people tend to be easily led. It is for this reason why we see so many high school and even college age children joining gangs, doing drugs, smoking and drinking alcohol. The average person will at some point succumb to peer-pressure during their teenage years.
When peer pressure or anything else for that matter, leads a teenager into taking another life, should that person’s age even be a factor in the punishment he or she receives for his or her action?
There are some who believe that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death. There are others who think his life should be spared but spent behind bars. For those who think he should be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole, they fall into two camps. In one camp, you have those who just don’t believe in the death penalty regardless of the atrocious crimes committed by the perpetrator. On the other hand, there are those who see Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a boy who was led astray by his younger brother.
So the question becomes, should a perpetrator’s young age be taken into consideration where the death penalty is concerned? If a state does not believe that a boy is mature enough to consume alcohol or even to vote, then is that same boy mature enough to be put to death? If Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is mature enough, then what age is too young? If he was sixteen and committed the same vicious act, would he still face the death penalty?
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 19 at the time of the bombings and his attorney will argue that he was influenced by his older brother. The prosecutor will argue that a 19 year old clearly knows the difference between right and wrong and thus he should get the death sentence.