ACLU ICCPR Report United States’ Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights February 2014
Page 10 Death Penalty
As noted in the initial report, while the death penalty in the United States is predominantly practiced at the state level, the federal government still retains the authority to use it. On January 30, 2013, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the government would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. Holder stated, “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,”1 even though under federal constitutional law, the death penalty is never required.