Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the penalty was announced Friday. The Boston Globe reported that US District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. will impose the sentence at a hearing where Tsarnaev’s victims will be able to confront him and he also has the option of addressing the court.
After the verdict was announced, O’Toole told jurors, at least three of whom wiped away tears, “You should be justly proud of your service in this case.”
Reaction to the death penalty decision ranged from a sense of satisfaction that justice has been served to strong disagreement, as evidenced by Twitter posts by two prominent Catholic priests. "Just because Tsarnaev didn’t value life, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t value his life. If we’re pro-life we should value all life," said Legion of Christ Father Matthew Schneider.
"The death penalty for Tsarnaev, heinous as his crimes were, closes little, solves less," tweeted Jesuit Father James Martin, an editor at America magazine. "It is wrong in all cases to take a human life."
is news editor for Aleteia’s English edition.