As many of you know, I live in Massachusetts and we recently had the death penalty verdict of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings. An Op-Ed piece in the USA Today discussed this topic and whether the whole trial was really necessary: Tsarnaev’s Death Will Cost Us.
James Alan Fox, the author, raises some interesting points:
- The 10 women and 8 men who were the jurors can be added to the list of victims in this case due to their time, effort and anguish of the trial
- The cost of keeping convicted murders behind bars is about $75,000 per year but it cost the government millions of dollars to prosecute him
- The journey hasn’t ended because his defense attorneys will be filing appeals – which will cost even more money
I’m not saying I agree or disagree with the verdict as he already pleaded guilty at the beginning of the trial. But the whole process does raise questions about where time, energy and money are spent – and is it spent in the best way possible.
Overall, the process cost more than just the dollars spent by both sides of the courtroom – but it took a toll on the jurors and even more so, on the families and survivors of those who experienced that day. Was all of it worth it? I don’t know.