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« Reply #340 on: November 25, 2014, 06:12:28 PM »

Oh, dear me.  So Tamerlan was a "bad influence".     Sarcasm alert, btw.  How about Dzhokhar was old enough to know right from wrong.  He knew it was wrong to set bombs out to kill and maim innocent men, women and children.  It's all about choices, and Dzhokhar chose the evil way and now it's time to pay.  JMHO

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/25/us-usa-explosion-boston-idUSKCN0J92JS20141125
Judge denies Boston bomb suspect request for triple murder evidence
November 25, 2014

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for evidence in the ongoing investigation of a 2011 Massachusetts triple murder, saying the information wouldn't help their case.

Tsarnaev's lawyers had asked the judge to force prosecutors to hand over information about the killings, which may have involved Tsarnaev's older brother Tamerlan and which they argued could help show Tamerlan was a bad influence.

"After review, it is my judgment that, contrary to the defense speculation, the report does not materially advance that theory," U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said in his decision. He said the information could also undermine the ongoing investigation.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to federal charges he and his brother placed bombs at the finish line of the world-renowned race on April 15, 2013, killing three people and injuring more than 260. His trial is due to begin in January and he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who prosecutors argue was the ringleader in the worst attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, was killed days after the bombing in a shootout with police.

Ibragim Todashev, an acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's, told investigators in May 2013 that Tsarnaev had taken part in a triple murder in Waltham, in which three men were stabbed to death, according to federal prosecutors. Todashev provided a confession and was later shot dead by law-enforcement agents who said he lunged at them, according to the FBI.

Prosecutors said at a hearing earlier this month they have already shared the substance of Todashev's confession with Tsarnaev's defense team, and were not privvy to the details of the local police investigation into the Waltham killings.
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« Reply #341 on: December 18, 2014, 06:47:56 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/year-half-boston-marathon-suspect-make-court-appearance/story?id=27664016
After Year and a Half, Boston Marathon Suspect to Make Court Appearance
December 17, 2014

Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to appear in federal court for a final status conference hearing Thursday before his trial is slated to begin on murder and terrorism charges next month – making it the first time he has been seen in more than a year and a half.

Tsarnaev, 21, has not been in court since his arraignment on July 10, 2013 on charges that he and his brother Tamerlan detonated two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the historic race in April 2013, killing three and wounding more than 260 others, with 16 of those victims losing limbs.
 
Among the issues expected to be discussed Thursday is the jury selection process, which is slated to being Jan. 5. Tsarnaev’s trial is expected to run for two to three months.

Based on court filings, defense attorneys want the judge to include a question for potential jurors that would “identify those jurors who are especially likely to believe that the death penalty should be automatic for terrorism-murders, or for murderers of children or police officers.”

Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

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« Reply #342 on: December 23, 2014, 03:48:56 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bombing-suspect-dzkokhar-tsarnaev-asks-another-trial-delay-n273961
Boston Bombing Suspect Dzkokhar Tsarnaev Asks for Another Trial Delay
December 23, 2014

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bomb suspect on Tuesday renewed their request to delay the start of the trial — now scheduled to begin Jan. 5 with jury selection — until September 2015.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's attorneys say they've been overwhelmed with material from prosecutors, are finding it difficult to research Tsarnaev's family overseas, and are worried that the jury could end up deliberating around the second anniversary of the blast that killed three and injured more than 260.

"Given the ubiquity and intensity of anniversary news coverage and related public activities, even the most conscientious jurors are likely to be exposed to influences that would require a mistrial," defense lawyers wrote in a motion filed in federal court.

"This risk could be avoided — and the fairness of the trial increased — by waiting to begin trial until after the anniversary has passed."

The government's witness list contains the names of 590 law enforcement personnel and 142 civilian witnesses, and prosecutors say they might use any of 1,238 exhibits. Some of the material turned over was not indexed, making it difficult to sort through the mountain of data, they complained.

"The sheer volume of material, alone, requires a continuance. As a practical matter, it impossible for the defense to digest this information, much less attempt to pursue investigative leads it may suggest, in time to make effective use of it at trial," Tsarnaev's lawyers argued.

 

"The trial in this case is currently set to begin just 18 months after the defendant was indicted, which would bring this case to trial faster than 99 of the 119 federal capital trials to get under way since 2004," they wrote.

The defense also said it has encountered "new obstacles" in digging into Tsarnaev's family history in Chechnya, Dagestan and Central Asia and aren't sure they can get get witnesses they have identified to show up at the trial.

The judge has declined in the past to push the start of the trial into late 2015. He did grant a small delay from November 2014 to January 2015.
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« Reply #343 on: December 29, 2014, 12:03:02 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bombing-trial-defense-presses-delay-n276226
Boston Bombing Trial: Defense Presses for Delay
December 29, 2014

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are continuing to press their bid for a trial delay, suggesting that prosecutors have not turned over material that could help them show their client was under the sway of his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnav.

"The brothers' alleged 'radicalization' is a more complex story over a longer period of time that can only be understood by painstaking analysis of activity across multiple electronic devices that the government has seized," the defense wrote in a Monday filing.

Previously, Tsarnaev's team slammed the government for dumping a mountain of files on them less than a month before trial, withholding some exhibits and belatedly adding a new DNA expert. Prosecutors have argued Tsarnaev's lawyers are exaggerating the situation and insist they have turned over everything required.

The trial is slated to start in January, but the defense are asking for a nine-month delay.
 
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« Reply #344 on: December 31, 2014, 12:52:10 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/12/31/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-trial-starts-monday-after-judge-rejects-delay-request/naLS6rOK7e7bjFZQPHB34M/story.html
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Trial Starts Monday After Judge Rejects Delay Request
December 31, 2014

Monday it begins. The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of orchestrating the Boston Marathon bombings, will begin January 5 after a federal judge rejected the defense’s request to postpone the trial.

US District Judge George A. O’Toole also denied the defense’s request to move the trial to another district. Tsarnaev’s lawyers had asked for more time to prepare for the trial because of the amount of evidence in the case, and had asked for it to be moved to another district to avoid what they said would be a biased jury.

Jury selection begins Monday. The case will take place at Joseph Moakley courthouse in Boston. Tsarnaev appeared in court for his final pre-trial hearing December 18, his first appearance in public since July 2013.
 
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« Reply #345 on: January 03, 2015, 08:36:24 PM »

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Prosecutors-to-reply-to-marathon-bomber-s-appeal-5989399.php
Prosecutors: Keep bombing suspect's trial in state
| January 1, 2015 | Updated: January 1, 2015 7:26pm

BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Thursday reiterated their opposition to moving the Boston Marathon bombing suspect's trial out of state and said in a court filing that jury selection should begin as planned on Monday.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers want a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's decision to keep the 21-year-old's trial in Boston. They argue Tsarnaev cannot receive a fair trial in the city's federal courthouse, which is just a few miles from where the bombing occurred.

Tsarnaev's lawyers filed the appeal Wednesday after a U.S. District Court judge denied their change-of-venue request as well as a motion seeking a nine-month delay.

The defense is asking the district court judge to postpone jury selection pending the outcome of the appeal.

Prosecutors said in their response filed Thursday with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the district court correctly found that Tsarnaev had not demonstrated "the rare and extreme case" in which impartial jurors could not be found from a pool of millions of people.

"The Boston Marathon bombing and related events during the week of April 15, 2013, affected several hundred victims, including both those allegedly killed and injured by Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, and their families," the filing said. "Moving the trial out of the Eastern Division would create an enormous hardship for those victims and their families, depriving many, if not most of them, of any ability to see the trial."

Recent high-profile federal trials in Boston — such as that of former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger — suggest that an impartial jury could be found, prosecutors said.
 
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