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hang-knot-620961-mThe shocking and horrific acts of terrorism committed by convicted defendant, Dzhkohar Tsarnaev, in the Boston Marathon bombing have revived discussions of the applicability of the death penalty in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New England has always been at the forefront of great legal scholarship, has been home to some of this nations most respected legal minds, such as John Adams, Daniel Webster, and Alan Dershowitz. For the majority of its history the death penalty was part of its history, yet in 1984 the death penalty in Massachusetts was abolished. Despite attempts to revive it, most recently by former Governor Mitt Romney, the death penalty has had no place in Massachusetts since 1984.

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