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Menino 'won't comment' on death penalty decision

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Former mayor Thomas Menino said on Friday that he won’t comment on the decision to push for the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Menino won’t say whether he feels it was the right or wrong decision. Instead, he wants to focus on the importance of the decision for the city.

“I think the attorney general made his decision and that’s the law of the land. I want to concentrate on the survivors,” Menino said.

If jurors convict Tsarnaev, there will be a separate phase where they decide on the death penalty. Since Massachusetts doesn’t allow it, the sentence will have to be carried out elsewhere. Menino said that this is for the courts to decide.

“I work with some of the survivors, helping them get through the crisis. That is what I’m all about. Trying to help them out,” said Menino.

New mayor Marty Walsh commented on Thursday, saying that he opposes the death penalty, but supports Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision.
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