- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - All five Democratic candidates for governor say Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) shouldn’t face the death penalty for his alleged role in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Federal prosecutors last week announced they would seek the penalty against the 20-year-old Tsarnaev, accusing him of betraying his adopted country by ruthlessly carrying out a terrorist attack calculated to cause maximum carnage.

During a video debate Wednesday on The Boston Globe’s website, Boston.com, they were asked: “should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev face the death penalty?”

All five - Donald Berwick, Martha Coakley, Joseph Avellone, Juliette Kayyem and Steve Grossman - answered “no.”

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker said Tuesday that he supports the decision to seek the death penalty against Tsarnaev.

The question has put some death penalty opponents in an awkward position given the high-profile nature of the crime.

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