Court to mull Bos­ton Marathon bomber trial

Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

BOS­TON — A fed­eral ap­peals court in Bos­ton will con­sider whether Bos­ton Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev re­ceived a fair trial in the city where the bombs ex­ploded.

Oral ar­gu­ments are sched­uled for Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to The Bos­ton Globe.

Tsar­naev was con­victed and sen­tenced to death in 2015 for car­ry­ing out the April 15, 2013, at­tack at the marathon fin­ish line with his older brother Tamer­lan Tsar­naev, who was killed by au­thor­i­ties.

Three peo­ple died and more than 260 were wounded.

Tsar­naev’s lawyers ar­gue it was im­pos­si­ble to find a fair jury in Bos­ton be­cause the ex­plo­sions trau­ma­tized the re­gion. They’re try­ing to get his death sen­tence over­turned.

Prose­cu­tors main­tain an im­par­tial jury was care­fully se­lected. They wrote in a fil­ing in June that ex­po­sure to high lev­els of pre­trial pub­lic­ity does not nec­es­sar­ily ren­der a com­mu­nity un­able to con­vene an im­par­tial jury, oth­er­wise no venue would be ac­cept­able in the most na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant cases.

Tsar­naev isn’t ex­pected to at­tend the hear­ing. He was con­victed of all 30 charges against him, in­clud­ing con­spir­acy and use of a weapon of mass de­struc­tion.

JOHN TLUMACKI/BOS­TON GLOBE

Po­lice of­fi­cers with guns drawn hear a sec­ond ex­plo­sion near the fin­ish line at the Bos­ton Marathon in 2013.

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