WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder cleared the way for federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
3 people were killed and hundreds injured when the two bombs exploded at the finish line. The other suspected bomber Tamerlin Tsarnaev died in shootout with police.
Seventeen of the thirty charges Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is facing carry the possibility of the death penalty, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty.
A Southern Oregon man, Justin Rosas, had just finished running the Boston Marathon moments before the bombs went off. He was a public defender then and is now in private practice.
Rosas says he is philosophically opposed to the death penalty and is concerned that making the bomber a martyr has inherent risk.
“Generally speaking, it’s not so much that I don’t believe that a human can do something that is dangerous enough to warrant that type of punishment…I don’t believe it serves any good governmental interest,” said Rosas.
Rosas finished 45 minutes before the explosions. He was in his car driving away when he heard the blasts.