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Attorney general authorizes death penalty in Boston bomber case

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United States Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the government to seek the death penalty in the case against Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Bomber, according to a news release.

"We support this decision and the trial team is prepared to move forward with the prosecution," Holder said.

The government recently filed the required notice of intent to seek the death penalty. The case will now proceed through the pretrial process. The next scheduled court event is a status conference set for February 12.

"While I understand the public interest in this matter, we have rules that limit the release of information and the scope of public statements," Holder said. "The process by which this decision was made is confidential, and I will not comment further about that process other than to say that it entailed a careful and detailed consideration of the particular facts and circumstances of this case."

Governor Deval Patrick weighed in on the announcement.

"One way or another, based on the evidence, Tsarnaev will die in prison. In each milestone of this case -- today's announcement, the trial and every other significant step in the justice process -- the people hurt by the Marathon bombings and the rest of us so shocked by it will relive that tragedy. The best we can do is remind each other that we are a stronger Commonwealth than ever, and that nothing can break that spirit," Patrick said.

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