The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and ordered a new penalty phase trial.”Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s convictions on Counts 13, 15, and 18 are reversed, and the district court is directed to enter a judgment of acquittal on those counts,” the ruling, which was entered at 3 p.m. on Friday said. “Dzhohkar Tsarnaev’s death sentences on Counts 4, 5, 9, 10, and 14 are vacated, and the matter is remanded to the district court with directions to hold a new penalty-phase trial.”Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, set off the bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 200 more. Tamerlan later died in a shootout with police.Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in 2015 after being found guilty of 30 counts connected to the April 2013 fatal marathon bombing.Tsarnaev’s lawyers in December 2019 argued in front of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that the death penalty ruling should be thrown out. They argued that Tsarnaev did not receive a fair trial, saying the trial should have been moved out of Boston, rather than it being held in the midst of where the bombing occurred.The three-judge panel agreed with his lawyers in the decision handed down Friday. The ruling comes less than a month after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and ordered a new penalty phase trial.

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s convictions on Counts 13, 15, and 18 are reversed, and the district court is directed to enter a judgment of acquittal on those counts,” the ruling, which was entered at 3 p.m. on Friday said. “Dzhohkar Tsarnaev’s death sentences on Counts 4, 5, 9, 10, and 14 are vacated, and the matter is remanded to the district court with directions to hold a new penalty-phase trial.”

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Authorities say Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, set off the bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 200 more. Tamerlan later died in a shootout with police.

Tsarnaev was sentenced to death in 2015 after being found guilty of 30 counts connected to the April 2013 fatal marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers in December 2019, argued in front of the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, that the death penalty ruling should be thrown out. They argued that Tsarnaev did not receive a fair trial, saying the trial should have been moved out of Boston, rather than it being held in the midst of where the bombing occurred.

The three-judge panel agreed with his lawyers in the decision handed down Friday.

The ruling comes less than a month after the Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to resume federal executions for the first time in 17 years.

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