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Boston lawyers’ group blasts death penalty

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The Boston Bar Association, which represents more than 10,000 lawyers and some of the top law firms in the state, released an internal study Tuesday strongly opposing the death penalty in federal cases, the organization’s most pronounced stand against federal capital punishment in its 250-year history.

The announcement was made as federal prosecutors consider whether to seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspected Boston Marathon bomber and as prosecutors continue to seek capital punishment for serial killer Gary Lee Sampson.

“Without equivocation, the death penalty has no place in the fair administration of justice and makes no sense on a practical level,” said Paul T. Dacier, the association’s president, who ordered a review of the organization’s stance in August.

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