In announcing that it will seek to the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon Bomber No. 2, (who does not deserve to be referred to by his name), the federal government has done what it had to do.

Regrettably, those who survived — the victims — and those who care about them will now witness the unleashing of what is certain to be an interminable process which will not ever bring about the death so richly deserved by someone who would commit such an atrocity, a vile act of contempt for civilization.

Surely the defendant’s lawyers will argue at trial that he fell under the sphere of his evil older brother and that he now recognizes the error of his ways. Additionally, his youthful, handsome face, and white skin will be factors arguing against putting him to death. As the case is prosecuted and thereafter, millions of tax dollars will be spent for trials and appeals, room and board, food, health care, and perhaps, recreation for a savage.

My heart goes out to those whose suffering will be magnified as they seek justice from a system which does not regularly dispense it. We shall surely regret that terrorist survived his wounds.

— Oren Spiegler, Upper Saint Clair, Pa.