Judge orders por­tions of Tsar­naev jury ques­tion­naires to stay sealed

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BOS­TON (AP) — A judge has de­nied a re­quest from lawyers for Bos­ton Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev to make pub­lic parts of writ­ten ques­tion­naires com­pleted by prospec­tive jurors in his 2015 trial.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ge­orge O’Toole on Thurs­day re­jected their bid to par­tially un­seal 1,355 ques­tion­naires com­pleted by those who were not seated as jurors in Ts­nar­naev’s case.

O’Toole said the ques­tion­naires of the 18 jurors who did hear the case will be made pub­lic with cer­tain redac­tions.

The ques­tion­naires were used to screen out jurors and in­cluded ques­tions about per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and whether they be­lieved Tsar­naev should re­ceive the death penalty, among other things.

Ts­nar­naev’s lawyers have said part of their ap­peal of his death sen­tence will fo­cus on the court’s re­fusal to move the pro­ceed­ings out of Bos­ton.

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