United States v. Tsarnaev was one of our fall 2021 SCOTUS in the Classroom cases.
Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court.
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- Unmarked Opinions Activity: United States v. Tsarnaev
- Did the U.S. Court of Appeals err when it vacated (dismissed) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentences on the ground that the District Court during voir dire did not ask each prospective juror for a specific accounting of the pretrial media coverage that they had read heard or seen about Tsarnaev's case?
- Did the U.S. Court of Appeals err in concluding that the District Court should have admitted evidence at the sentencing phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial that Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, was allegedly involved in different crimes two years before the offenses for which Tsarnaev was convicted?
News Articles and Resources:
- AP News: "US urges court to reimpose Boston bomber’s death sentence" (June 15, 2021)
- Reuters: "Biden administration pushes for Boston Marathon bomber death sentence" (June 15, 2021)
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