Boston Marathon Bomber – level 3

06-08-2020 07:00

A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers responsible for Boston Marathon Bombing.

The attack happened on the 15th of April, 2013, when two homemade pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line of the race. Three people were killed and several hundred others were injured. Tsarnaev was convicted of 30 charges, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, and two months later, he was sentenced to death.

Last week, the court said that the judge in his trial did not do a good enough job of screening jurors for potential biases. The court ordered a new trial to decide what punishment Tsarnaev should get. However, the judges made it clear that the man could be sentenced to death again.

Difficult words: pressure cooker (a pot in which food is cooked quickly under steam pressure), weapon of mass destruction (a weapon that causes a lot of damage and it kills many people), bias (a tendency to prefer one person or thing to another, especially an unfair one).

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