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Quotation

They ought to demonstrate a little humanity… Killing a teenager’s not going to do anything. I think it’s just a kind of visceral revenge. I think that in three years, the people of Boston and the people on the jury will feel bad about this decision.

— Neil Maher, a native Bostonian who now lives in Maryland, speaking to the New York Times about the death sentence for Boston Maraton bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which most Bostonians are opposed to.