Statement of Congressman Lynch on Attorney General Holder's decision to seek the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Jan 30, 2014

“I support Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to seek the death penalty in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Capital punishment should be reserved for extreme cases - sought only as punishment for the most heinous and evil of crimes.  Given the circumstances in the Boston Marathon bombings - a premeditated terrorist attack on innocent victims on American soil - I believe that this most extreme punishment should be available to the jury.

We remain a nation of laws. And I believe that Attorney General Holder has correctly applied the law to the particularly heinous, depraved and premeditated attacks against defenseless victims.

Four innocent lives were lost in these events, and many hundreds of others were changed forever. I hope that in time we will dwell less on the fate of one twisted and hate-filled individual and more on the memory of the remarkable loved ones who we lost, the courage of the survivors and the heroism of all those who courageously responded to this attack."