Long Life on Death Row

Jennifer Daniel

GRAPHIC BY BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK; FEDERAL DEATH PENALTY RESOURCE COUNSEL, DEATH PENALTY INFO.ORG, COURT DOCUMENTS

If he’s convicted of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings, suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the federal death penalty. Currently 58 prisoners are on federal death row, where many have been appealing their convictions or sentences — and avoiding execution — for years.

1988 Federal Death Penalty Restored

To meet the standards of a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that effectively voided existing death penalty laws, Congress passed a new statute allowing execution for murders related to certain drug conspiracies.

1994 Federal Death Statute Expanded

President Clinton signed a law that applied the death penalty to some 60 crimes, including acts of terrorism, murder of federal law enforcement officers, and use of weapons of mass destruction.

1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act

In response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Clinton signed a law making it more difficult for convicted defendants to appeal their federal death sentences.

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