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Schumer: Death Penalty ’Appropriate’ For Bomber

Schumer: Death Penalty ’Appropriate’ For Bomber

(WENY)-- New York's senior Senator says Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should face the death penalty.

During a Sunday appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Schumer said Tsarnaev should face capital punishment if he is found guilty. The death penalty is banned in the state of Massachusetts but it can be used at the federal level in some cases.

"The federal law allows the death penalty. I wrote the law in 1994 when I was head of the crime subcommittee in the House," said Schumer. "This is just the kind of case that it should be applied to. In fact, the only other time it's been used since '94 is on Timothy McVeigh. And given the facts that I've seen it would be appropriate to use the death penalty in this case and I would hope they would apply it in federal court."

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, also indicated that the death penalty is necessary in Tsarnaev's case.