Likely Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said that while he respects the decision by a federal jury to sentence Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death, it hasn’t changed his opposition to capital punishment.
The former Maryland governor said that he hopes that Tsarnaev “never is able to enjoy a moment of freedom” and that his thoughts are with victims and their families.
“I nonetheless remain opposed to the death penalty as a matter of principle and as a matter of policy,” he said in a statement.
“The death penalty is ineffective tas a deterrent, and the appeals process is expensive and cruel to the surviving family members.”
O’Malley has long been against the death penalty, signing into law a repeal of the practice in Maryland in 2013 and commuting sentences in 2014. He’s been building a staff ahead of a likely White House bid, and WThe Washington Post reported that he will ill announce his decision by the end of May.
A jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on Friday for his role in the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200.
The family of one of the bombing victims, 8-year-old Martin Richard, shares O’Malley’s view. Richard’s parents called for Tsarnaev to receive life in prison in an op-ed in The Boston Globe so that they wouldn’t have to endure a lengthy appeals process.