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April 30th, 2013
11:19 PM ET

Arnold Schwarzenegger on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: "If convicted, I think that yeah, he should get the death penalty...yes"

As the debate surrounding the bombings in Boston – and the subsequent investigation – grows to include everything from Miranda rights to enemy combatant status and a potential death penalty, on Tuesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" invited Arnold Schwarzenegger to offer his insight and perspective.

Joining Piers Morgan live and in studio as part of the program's recently created "In The Chair" segment, the former California governor offered a firm position:

"When it comes to the death penalty, yes, I believe in the death penalty," noted the bodybuilding champion turned actor turned politician. "We've had the death penalty here for years now, in California. People try to reverse it all the time. I was all for it. During my term, there were several people that were punished."

In Los Angeles this week speaking about immigration reform at the University of Southern California, Schwarzenegger shared his opinion on the case currently polarizing the nation.

"Would you execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, if he's convicted?" asked the host.

"I don't know the whole story," said the guest. "I think that the courts should play this out. Then we see what comes out of that. If convicted, I think that yeah, he should get the death penalty. Yes."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Schwarzenegger explains why he feels the case of the Boston Marathon bombings has less to do with immigration then simply someone "going off the deep end," as has happened previously in American history.
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  1. will

    Check out what this dirt bag did with the Nunez kid and the San Diego State killing. That tells all you need to know about this guy.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      I looked him up,Will:sentence was commuted.Another hearing for August 4th of 2011–do you know what happened?
      Was a stabbing the original crime?(Only found one report on it.)

      May 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • William Bradley

        Look up the part where he didn't kill anybody.

        Contra the crank.

        May 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. will

    Piers, you have no BALLS if you don't investigate and do a true investigation on how this dirt bag handled the Nunez kid's killing of the San Diego State student. Contact the DA of San Diego County and the murdered kids family and the look into the politics surrounding this case. Feel free to contact me. Do the right thing and expose this guy for what he is.

    April 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Reality Check

    In the real world, "the Nunez kid" didn't kill anyone.

    Piers, you have no BALLS if you don't investigate and do a true investigation on how this dirt bag handled the Nunez kid's killing of the San Diego State student.

    May 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Don't know much about the case,can anyone enlighten me?

      May 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. oneluvsurfer

    I think the terminator should take care of him. Strap his but to a loaded pressure cooker and then give him 30 seconds to answer questions before he sees the same fate.

    May 2, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Ashley

    Rather Craft or Blackwater agents

    May 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Ashley

    I swear if he gets a death penalty I will be so aggravated beause no were does it say if some one does something you should ake away their life if Dzhokhar "did do it" (don't believe that he did) it doesn't give you the right to give him death this I why I don't like the government because they think they could do what they want and If you go on YouTube look up -"Proof Blackwater or Craft agents blew up the marathon" and you will see the proof that the brother are innocent

    May 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Right,and the hijacked car never happened?

      May 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mick1970

        Please don't tell me you are buying the 'Danny' story. That is the most unbelievable aspect of this whole unbelievable story!

        May 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      It was on youtube it's gotta be right! With this much stupidity we all deserve to be blown up

      May 13, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mick1970

        Anyone who buys this story with all its contradictions from police, FBI, and media wins the prize for most gullible.

        May 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jacquie

    What gives any individual or the State the right to decide if a person is going to live or die. Doesn't anyone have fears about wrongful convictions, it is ineffective at deterring crime concerns and about the State taking people's lives . By far, more countries have abolished the death penalty than practice it.

    May 8, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Always contentious capital punishment,Jacquie,nothing new there.A guy on here,Griff,mentioned Derek Bentley a week ago,someone hanged for a policeman's murder in '53 in England:he wasn't the full shilling[good Wikipedia file],and,if like Scotland they had diminished responsibility on their statute books it would never have happened:there was a sense of collective guilt afterwards–'what have we done?'–but it's too late for him.

      England&Wales enacted The Homicide Act incl.diminished responsibility in 1957.

      May 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply


      China: 3,000+
      Iran: 580+
      Iraq: 129+
      Saudi Arabia: 84+
      United States of America: 43

      August 14, 2013 at 2:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Terry

    It is not understood how people can call themselves catholic and at the same time supporting the death sentence, however that is human, to get outraged after this sick, mental, brainwashed and idiotic attack.

    How do we know who is the next, nice, friendly religious guy, well liked next-door citizen, always smiling and so on, who is planing to be a cold blooded killer? And for what? This guy is 19. he life is over as well.

    Killing a murderer is killing as well. There is no alternative word for killing.

    Let's hope that, if there is an afterlife, the people can say as an excuse: our justice system made me do it.
    Someone has posted, don't remember where: if you kill someone and you have an uniform – that is legal.
    Law created from people for the people.

    However in this case as in so many others those mentally ill suicide killers, probably were told by their ill idols that they will be in haven with the master after becoming mass murderers and just believe that.

    May 9, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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