ASK A LAWYER A Las Vegas Review-Journal weekly column by Marc Saggese

Should the Boston Marathon bomber be sentenced to death?

April 28, 2015 | Original Article

Boston Marathon

How does a state sentence a terrorist to death when that state no longer has the death penalty? The state of Massachusetts is one of 18 states that does not have the death penalty, which they eliminated in 1984. So, you may ask - How can 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be sentenced to death if the murders occurred in Boston, Massachusetts?

The answer is that the state of Massachusetts is not prosecuting Tsarnaev, the federal government is prosecuting him. The United States government reinstated the death penalty in 1988, so no matter what the law is in your particular state, the death penalty may be imposed if the criminal conduct in question constituted a violation of federal law.

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Ninth Circuit Takes New Look at Duty to Warn in Match Gone Bad

April 28, 2015 | Original Article

Ninth Circuit

It has been seven years since Mary Kay Beckman was brutally stabbed and left for dead by a man she met on Match.com, and the courts still have not decided whether the dating website had a duty to warn her it had paired her with a violent maniac.

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