Jury selection for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's marathon bombing trial has begun. Because it is a Federal case taking place in Massachusetts, prospective jurors who oppose the death penalty cannot serve on the jury … despite the illegality of capital punishment in the state. The practical and ethical challenges that result from this unusual circumstance will frame the discussion at this Symposium to be held on March 10, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston.
Scholars from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities will explore the state of the law to shed light on the complexities surrounding the punishment phase of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The public is welcome to attend this free event, and it will be of particular relevance to journalists covering the Tsarnaev trial.
Following the Symposium, the panelists will be available to journalists to answer questions related to this trial and the death penalty in Massachusetts.
William J. Bowers, Emeritus Professor at Northeastern University's College of Criminal Justice, authored two books on capital punishment, "Executions in America" and "Legal Homicide," and he directs the "Capital Jury Project," a study of how jurors make life or death sentencing decisions.
Rosanna Cavallaro, a Professor of Law at Suffolk University, wrote "Better Off Dead: Abatement, Innocence, and the Evolving Right of Appeal."
Stephanie Roberts Hartung serves on the faculty of the Suffolk University Law School where she teaches a seminar on the Innocence Project and courses relating to wrongful convictions.
Michael Meltsner is the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law at Northeastern. He is the author of Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment and the play, "In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years," that depicts how and why the nation treated the men it detained after 9/11.
Stephen Nathanson is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University and the author of six books and numerous articles, including An Eye for an Eye? The Immorality of Punishing by Death.
Sponsored by the MCADP Fund Inc.