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Swift justice for suspected Boston bomber

In Tony Horwitz's book about John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry, "Midnight Rising", he writes that Brown was captured on Oct. 16, his trial commenced on Oct. 25, and he was found guilty on Oct. 31.

Brown was sentenced on Nov. 2 and hung on Dec. 2, 1859. Justice was delivered in an exact, brief manner.

There is absolutely no reason why the trial of the surviving suspect in the Boston bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, can't be expedited in a similarly timely fashion.

The outcome of course depends on the trial and jury. But the politics and psychological hysterics should be referred to the trash heap.

Terren M. Himelfarb, Baltimore

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