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Tue April 23, 2013
Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Death Penalty and Torture for Terrorists : 4/23/13
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev was charged by federal officials yesterday with using a weapon of mass destruction and more charges lay ahead as Massachusetts prosecutors expect to charge him separately in the killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who was shot in his cruiser Thursday night on the school's campus in Cambridge.
Federal prosecutors could also add even more charges when he's indicted in the bombing. The 19-year-old could face the death penalty if convicted, which has renewed the debate on the controversial punishment.
Separately, New York State Senator Greg Ball, who some say is planning another run for Congress after dropping similar ambitions in 2010 to run for state senate, has come under fire for a series of tweets and statements that he stands with those who would use torture against Tsarnaev and other suspects of terroristic acts to obtain information related to enemies of the state.
Today we want your take on the charges against Tsarnaev and whether, if he is found guilty, he should pay for his crimes with his life. We also want your take on the death penalty in general for cases of terrorism or otherwise, and also how you feel about using torture to extract information from terror suspects. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.