Boston Bomber Tsarnaev denied relocation of trial

Posted by on January 3, 2015
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A U.S. Federal appeals court denied Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s latest attempt to move the trial out of Boston. First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston released a statement saying Tsarnaev’s attorneys haven’t shown any reason to justify a delay or relocation of the trial. The trial begins Monday. On Friday, O’Toole ruled that postponing jury selection would pose too great an inconvenience to the more than 1,200 people who have been summonsed for that purpose. The appeals court’s decision not to intervene means that the trial will continue as planned once jury selection is completed. Saturday’s decision read, in part, “The judges in the majority are satisfied that full consideration has been given to the issues raised by the petition.”

Tsarnaev’s lawyers have repeatedly asked to postpone and move the trial out of Boston, arguing that they need additional time to sift through the enormous amount of evidence to be presented in the trial. The long-awaited, highly anticipated trial has already been pushed back from a November start. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to over 30 counts related to the April 2013 attacks on the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 200. He faces the possibility of execution if convicted.

As Mr. Tsarnaev sits in near solitary confinement at the prison hospital at Fort Devens, an Army base about 40 miles northwest of Boston, many say they dread seeing him in the limelight. However, they want the trial to serve a purpose. Federal death penalty trials are rare. This would be the biggest since that of Zacarias Moussaoui, a Sept. 11 conspirator, in 2006, and the trial of Timothy J. McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, in 1997. That such a trial would take place here is the source of some angst. Massachusetts has no death penalty and sentiment in this city is strongly against it


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Lawrence Lease

Lawrence Lease is chief journalist and editor for eyeonamericanews.com, and college student at USF studying Mass Communications. He considers himself a political junkie, always watching the major news networks (Fox,CNN,MSNBC). Lease spent 14 years in Wasilla Alaska.