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« Reply #320 on: May 30, 2014, 09:34:03 AM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/man-charged-impeding-marathon-bombing-probe-23925366
Man Charged With Impeding Marathon Bombing Probe
May 30, 2014

A Massachusetts man who knew the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was charged Friday with obstructing the investigation into the deadly bombings.

Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, of Quincy, destroyed, altered and falsified records in a federal investigation, and made false statements in a federal investigation, federal prosecutors said.

Matanov, a legal resident of the U.S. originally from Kyrgyzstan, is not accused of participating in the bombings or of knowing about them in advance. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Boston on Friday afternoon.

His lawyer, Paul Glickman, did not immediately return a phone message left Friday morning at his office. Matanov's phone number could not immediately be located.

Matanov knew Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and in the days after the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, Matanov realized the FBI would want to talk with him because he shared their "philosophical justification for violence," prosecutors said.

He talked to the brothers on numerous occasions after the bombings, and even took them out to dinner the day of the explosions, they said.

"In the days following the bombings, Matanov continued to express support for the bombings, although later that week he said that maybe the bombings were wrong," the indictment said.

He tried to contact the brothers after he saw media reports identifying them as the suspects, prosecutors said.

Matanov deleted information regarding the brothers from his computer, including Internet searches, they said.

He also allegedly asked a friend to destroy his cellphones, but that friend refused.

And he repeatedly lied to investigators about the extent of his friendship with the Tsarnaev brothers, prosecutors said.
 
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« Reply #321 on: June 03, 2014, 04:00:00 PM »

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/03/us-usa-explosions-boston-brothers-idUSKBN0EE27A20140603
Accused Boston bombers used Cambridge arsenal in final fight: prosecutors
June 3, 2014

(Reuters) - The ethnic Chechen brothers accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombing returned to their family's Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment to gather weapons after the FBI released photos of the duo three days after the attack, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who are accused of shooting dead a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer the night of April 18, 2013, sprang into action after U.S. officials released photos, according to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Boston.

"Almost immediately, (Dzhokhar) Tsarnaev left UMass-Dartmouth, drove back to Cambridge, and met his brother at the Norfolk Street apartment, where they collected a small arsenal of weapons, including at least six bombs, a handgun and other weapons, and then embarked on a murderous crime spree," federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

Prosecutors are arguing against a bid by defense attorneys to have evidence found in the search of that apartment thrown out at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's upcoming trial on charges of committing the bombing that killed three people and injured 264.
 
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« Reply #322 on: June 03, 2014, 08:48:40 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/boston-bombing-suspect-tsarnaev-expected-die-prosecutors-n121686
Boston Bombing Suspect Tsarnaev Expected to Die: Prosecutors
June 3, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent his mother an e-mail suggesting he expected to die in a confrontation with authorities, prosecutors said in court documents Tuesday.

The email — which ended by saying, "If I don't see you in this life, I will will see you in the akhira," or afterlife — showed that Tsarnaev abandoned his expectation of privacy when he left his older brother's apartment with weapons and bombs three days after the bombings last year, prosecutors said.

That makes an FBI search of the apartment legal, prosecutors contended in documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston (PDF).
 
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« Reply #323 on: June 03, 2014, 10:33:04 PM »

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/03/college-friend-alleged-marathon-continues-testimony-obstruction-case/P3AfvUDIpdZwvomdbROveO/story.html
Tsarnaev friend questioned on his understanding of English
June 3, 2014

A college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was again subjected to cross-examination in federal court today by prosecutors questioning his claims that his limited command of English kept him from understanding his rights when dealing with federal agents investigating the bombing.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, testified for a second day in a hearing in which he is asking a judge to throw out incriminating statements he made to the FBI that led to charges that he obstructed justice.


The suppression hearing, which stretched over three days last month and the past two days, concluded before noon. Prosecutors said US District Judge Douglas Woodlock would likely not rule until the end of August, just before Kadyrbayev’s Sept. 8 trial.

Kadyrbayev said on the witness stand today that his English was limited, though he admitted he sometimes did drug deals in English and had some friends who only spoke English.

Kadyrbayev also said he “suspected” but “did not know” that Tsarnaev was suspected in the Marathon bombings when, several days after the terror attack, he removed Tsarnaev’s backpack from a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dorm room and later threw it in a dumpster.

Speaking English with relative ease, despite a pronounced accent, Kadyrbayev, a Kazakh national, testified Monday that he was manipulated into giving the statements to the FBI
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But prosecutors, during cross-examination, attempted to portray Kadyrbayev as a chronic liar.

Kadyrbayev’s testimony has also painted a picture of an aimless young man failing courses, smoking and dealing marijuana, tricking professors, and crazy about cars.

Kadyrbayev’s attorney, Robert Stahl, toward the close of the hearing, asked the judge to probe why Kadyrbayev did not get a message when he was being interrogated by the FBI that a public defender had left a message for him at a State Police barracks, seeking to represent him.

The judge said the lawyer’s attempt to contact Kadyrbayev was irrelevant because it was Kadyrbayev’s responsibility to ask for a lawyer and he allegedly never did, even after being informed of his Miranda right to a lawyer.

Kadyrbayev told agents that he, along with his roommate, Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, also from Kazakhstan, took Tsarnaev’s backpack containing fireworks from his University of Massachusetts Dartmouth dorm room on the night of April 18, 2013, three days after the bombings, and threw it in a dumpster behind their apartment in New Bedford. Tsarnaev was on the run at the time.

Federal prosecutors have said gunpowder from fireworks was used in the two bombs that exploded at the Marathon.

A third Tsarnaev friend, Robel Phillipos, 20, was also allegedly present. While Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face charges of obstruction of justice, Phillipos faces a lesser charge of lying to investigators. Tazhayakov’s trial is slated for June 30, while Phillipos’s trial is set for Sept. 29.

While lawyers for the accused have said they did not realize Tsarnaev was a bombing suspect, federal investigators told the Globe in May 2013 that Tsarnaev had told Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov that he knew how to make a bomb and that Tsarnaev, Tazhayakov, and others had set off fireworks along the Charles River in Boston a couple of months before the bombings.
 
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« Reply #324 on: June 18, 2014, 08:38:35 AM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/06/18/marathon-bombing-suspect-lawyers-due-court/470Nw4a7Nu7FQ9WBnHrXUO/story.html
Marathon Bombing Suspect's Lawyers Due in Court
June 18, 2014


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BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court along with federal prosecutors for a status conference.

A U.S. District Court judge is expected Wednesday to set a schedule for motions to be filed before Tsarnaev’s trial begins in November.

Defense attorneys also are expected to formally file a motion to move his trial from Boston. The lawyers have said they plan to seek a change of venue because of intense media coverage.

Authorities say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish of the 2013 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
 

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« Reply #325 on: June 18, 2014, 01:17:56 PM »

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/marathon-bombing-suspects-lawyers-due-in-court/2014/06/18/c48ea928-f6a9-11e3-afdf-f7ffea8c744a_story.html
No ‘betrayal of US’ argument for marathon suspect
June 16, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has ruled that “betrayal of the United States” should not be a factor in considering if Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) gets the death penalty.

U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole said Wednesday it was “highly inappropriate” for prosecutors to draw a distinction between a “naturalized” and “natural-born” U.S. citizen.

Federal prosecutors argue Tsarnaev deserves death, in part, because he betrayed his allegiance to the U.S. after it gave him and his Russian-born family asylum and citizenship more than a decade ago.

Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that the federal government has never cited a defendant’s immigration history in nearly 500 previous death penalty cases.
 
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« Reply #326 on: June 18, 2014, 01:19:01 PM »

http://time.com/2894675/tsarnaev-boston-marathon/
Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect’s Lawyer Can’t Hold Private Family Meeting
June 16, 2014

A judge ruled Wednesday that lawyers for accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could not meet with him and his sisters without federal agents present.

Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued they needed to understand Tsarnaev’s relationship with his family to build a case for why he should not be executed if convicted of the attacks, Reuters reports. They claimed that the presence of federal officers would prohibit normal conversation.

U.S. District Judge George O’Toole denied the request, and approved a proposal from federal prosecutors to bring in a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent from outside Boston to monitor the meetings in the prison.

Defense attorneys have asked for the trial—due to begin November—to be moved out of Boston, where two homemade bombs killed three people and injured 264 others. Lawyers fear pretrial publicity might prejudice any potential juror. The deadline for attorneys to argue for this request was Wednesday.
 
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« Reply #327 on: June 18, 2014, 03:26:00 PM »

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2014/06/18/marathon-bombing-suspect-lawyers-due-court/470Nw4a7Nu7FQ9WBnHrXUO/story.html
Marathon Bombing Suspect's Lawyers Due in Court
June 18, 2014


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BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are due in court along with federal prosecutors for a status conference.

A U.S. District Court judge is expected Wednesday to set a schedule for motions to be filed before Tsarnaev’s trial begins in November.

Defense attorneys also are expected to formally file a motion to move his trial from Boston. The lawyers have said they plan to seek a change of venue because of intense media coverage.

Authorities say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, planted two pressure cooker bombs near the finish of the 2013 marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
 



Personally, I don't see it matters where the trial is - all Americans hate what he did.
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« Reply #328 on: July 07, 2014, 11:12:48 PM »

Were these students here in the U.S. on study visas enrolled in classes?  If not, they should have gone home or been deported.  Of course, there will be the problem of them saying it's not safe to go back where they came from.  Does anyone keep track of where the people coming in on student visas are and if they are enrolled in classes? 


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/us/at-trial-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-friend-accused-of-knowingly-discarding-evidence-in-boston-marathon-bombing.html?_r=0
Friend Knew Suspect Able to Set Blasts, Jurors Told
July 7, 2014

BOSTON — A federal prosecutor told jurors on Monday that a college friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, believed that his friend had been involved in the attack and tried to cover up incriminating evidence.

In her opening arguments, Stephanie Siegmann, an assistant United States attorney, also asserted that at a restaurant in March 2013, a month before the bombing, Mr. Tsarnaev told the defendant, Azamat Tazhayakov, and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, that he knew how to build a bomb and that gunpowder would be needed. Ms. Siegmann said Mr. Tsarnaev also discussed martyrdom with his friends during the meal, saying, “You would die with a smile on your face and go straight to heaven.”

Then, Ms. Siegmann said, less than two hours after the bombings, Mr. Tsarnaev texted Mr. Tazhayakov the words, “Don’t go thinking it’s me.”
She then laid out the case against Mr. Tazhayakov, and said that, shortly after the F.B.I. released images of the bombing suspects, he went with Mr. Kadyrbayev to Mr. Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. There, she said, the pair took items including a backpack containing fireworks and a jar of Vaseline, which Mr. Kadyrbayev said he believed had been used in bomb-making. A bag of marijuana was also taken, Ms. Siegmann said. Investigators later found Mr. Tsarnaev’s laptop in the apartment of Mr. Tazhayakov and Mr. Kadyrbayev. Ms. Siegmann said the two discussed what to do with the backpack before Mr. Kadyrbayev threw it in a Dumpster outside of the apartment; investigators later found it in a landfill.

“When they removed all these things, the defendant thought that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was one of the Boston Marathon bombers,” Ms. Siegmann said. She accused the duo of “removing evidence, hiding evidence” in an effort “to protect their friend.” Mr. Tazhayakov is charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy. He faces 20 years in prison on the obstruction charge, and five years on the conspiracy charge.

Mr. Tazhayakov is not accused of having any involvement with the actual bombing — a fact that his lawyer, Nicholas Wooldridge, made plain at the beginning of his opening argument. “It’s not about the bombing,” Mr. Wooldridge told jurors. “Don’t get sidetracked. Don’t get shocked and awed.”

Mr. Wooldridge tried to distance Mr. Tazhayakov from the act of removing items from Mr. Tsarnaev’s room and discarding the backpack. Mr. Wooldridge said that it was Mr. Kadyrbayev, hunting for marijuana, who had initiated the search of the dorm room and who had taken the backpack and thrown it in a Dumpster. This, the lawyer said, was at the request of Mr. Kadyrbayev’s girlfriend, who has not been charged.

Mr. Tazhayakov “never took a backpack out of the dorm room, he never even touched that backpack, and he sure never tossed it,” said Mr. Wooldridge, who said that his client did remove a pair of his own headphones from the room and that he was watching a movie while Mr. Kadyrbayev threw the backpack away. Mr. Kadyrbayev and Mr. Tazhayakov are natives of Kazakhstan who entered the country with student visas.
 
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« Reply #329 on: July 08, 2014, 11:14:47 AM »

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/08/fbi-agent-testifies-that-friends-marathon-bombing-suspect-jointly-decided-throw-out-evidence/I2P7rNforMYKO9YDhAS6bJ/story.html?p1=ArticleTab_Article_
Tsarnaev friends agreed on tossing evidence, FBI agent says
July 8, 2014

Two friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jointly decided they should throw out a backpack with fireworks after learning that Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, had been killed in a shootout with police days after the bombings, an FBI agent testified today.

FBI agent Sarah Wood is on the stand in US District Court in Boston this morning where Tsarnaev friend Azamat Tazhayakov is on trial for allegedly obstructing the federal investigation into the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three and wounded more than 260 people.

Wood was one of the FBI agents involved in questioning Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both of whom are former students at University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and are from the central Asian nation of Kazazkhstan, when the investigation into the bombings focused on the Tsarnaev brothers.

Today, Wood testified that through questioning of the two men, investigators learned that they went to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s UMass dorm room where they found a backpack with fireworks that apparently had been emptied of their explosive powder. The friends then huddled on what their next step would be.

Kadyrbayev was pacing the room when he allegedly said that he believed they should throw out the backpack and the fireworks, an idea that Tazhayakov agreed with, Wood testified.

In her opening statement Monday, Assistant US Attorney Stephanie Siegmann detailed what Tazhayakov allegedly knew and when, including a message between Tazhayakov and a friend early April 19 that refers to the bombing suspects as “brothers” hours before authorities released their identities.

A third friend, Robel Phillipos, is accused of the less-serious charge of lying to investigators about his whereabouts that night. Each of the three friends has pleaded not guilty and will be tried separately. Tazhayakov’s trial before US District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock is the first.

 
The Tsarnaev brothers, while on the run April 18 after authorities released their photos, also allegedly killed MIT police Officer Sean Collier in Cambridge. Tamerlan Tsarnaev later died in a shootout with police in Watertown; his younger brother escaped and was a fugitive for much of the day April 19 until he was found in a boat stored in the backyard of a nearby house.

He is scheduled to face trial in November and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him.
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« Reply #330 on: July 21, 2014, 04:05:17 PM »

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/21/jury-resumes-deliberations-trial-azamat-tazhayakov-friend-boston-marathon-bombing-suspect-dzhokhar-tsarnaev/6H1OxaskP38B3v15ryzvPJ/story.html
Tsarnaev friend guilty of conspiracy, obstruction
July 21, 2014

A former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student has been found guilty in federal court of obstruction of justice and conspiring to obstruct justice by hindering the investigation into his college friend, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted by a 12-member jury in US District Court in Boston. The jury had deliberated about 15 hours over three days.

Tazhayakov, 20, faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence on the obstruction of justice charge, and up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge. Sentencing was set for Oct. 16, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office said.

It was the first case related to the Marathon bombings to go to trial. As the verdict was announced, Tazhayakov’s mother began to weep openly. Her son had a less dramatic response. He was seen at one point lowering his head into his hands, but he appeared stoic at a decision that could send him to prison for years.
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« Reply #331 on: July 21, 2014, 04:14:16 PM »

After Tazhayakov is sentenced in October and serves his time, he should be escorted directly from prison by LE put on a plane with an air marshal or whomever would have the job, and make sure he goes back where he belongs, never to be allowed back in this country.  He came here under the guise of a "foreign exchange student", and instead of using this privilege wisely, he helped a terrorist.     JMHO
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« Reply #332 on: August 14, 2014, 04:22:17 PM »

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2014/0814/Tsarnaev-lawyers-ask-to-postpone-and-move-trial-from-Boston
Tsarnaev lawyers ask to postpone and move trial from Boston
Tsarnaev's lawyers told a federal judge that prosecutors have given them volumes of evidence — much of it poorly organized — as part of the pre-trial discovery process that they still need to sort through.
August 14, 2014

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« Reply #333 on: August 20, 2014, 05:53:34 PM »

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/20/friend-of-marathon-bombing-suspect-to-plead-guilty/
Friend of marathon bombing suspect to plead guilty
Dias Kadyrbayev is accused of removing a backpack from the dorm room of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
August 20, 2014
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« Reply #334 on: August 27, 2014, 07:17:15 PM »

 


http://www.kvue.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/27/boston-marathon-bombing-survivor-weds-nurse-he-met-in-recovery/14701151/
Boston Marathon bombing survivor weds nurse he met in recovery
August 27, 2014

The Boston Marathon bombing survivor whose photo of him staggering away from the aftermath of the explosion, with his clothes shredded, became an iconic photo of that tragic day married a nurse who helped him recover from his injuries.

James Costello and nurse Krista D'Agostino tied the knot at Boston's Hyatt Regency on Saturday in an outdoor ceremony before nearly 160 friends and family, a hotel spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News today.
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« Reply #335 on: August 27, 2014, 09:32:18 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-tsarnaev-bomb-threat-20140827-story.html
Tsarnaev sister arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat
August 27, 2014

The sister of the men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested in New York on Wednesday on suspicion of threatening to bomb her boyfriend's ex, a police spokesman said.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, sister of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, turned herself in to the New York City Police Department, an NYPD spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.

There, Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, N.J., was arrested on suspicion of aggravated harassment and making a phone threat, a misdemeanor, said the spokesman, Lt. John Grimpel.

The victim was an unidentified woman living in Harlem who shares a child with Tsarnaeva's boyfriend, Grimpel said.

The arrest was first reported by the New York Post, which reported that the threat was connected to a custody dispute.

Grimpel told The Times that Tsarnaeva made the threatening phone call Monday.

“Over the phone, she commented about a bomb, a bomb threat," Grimpel said, saying that the misdemeanor charge fit what was said in the call. "If there’s a real bomb, obviously it’s different.”
 
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« Reply #336 on: September 25, 2014, 07:05:28 AM »

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/09/24/judge-rules-marathon-bombing-trial-will-remain-in-boston/
Judge rules marathon bombing trial will remain in Boston
September 24, 2014

BOSTON –  A judge has granted a two-month trial delay for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but denied a defense request to move his trial.

Judge George O'Toole ruled Wednesday night that the trial will begin Jan. 5 instead of Nov.3.

He said there's no reason to assume before the trial that a fair jury cannot be found in Massachusetts.

Defense attorneys had asked to have the trial moved to Washington, D.C., and delayed until at least September 2015
 
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« Reply #337 on: October 12, 2014, 08:46:50 AM »

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Docs-Tsarnaev-knew-brother-involved-in-2011-case-5817717.php
Docs: Tsarnaev knew brother involved in 2011 case
October 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) say a prosecution witness is prepared to testify Tsarnaev knew his older brother was involved in a 2011 triple slaying.

The information was revealed in a court filing by the defense late Friday. The filing seeks a number of items from prosecutors, including any evidence of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's involvement in the Waltham slayings. Prosecutors have previously declined to provide such information, saying it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers say any evidence showing his now-deceased brother participated in the triple homicide is critical to their defense. In that case, three men's bodies were found sprinkled with marijuana, their throats slit.
 
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« Reply #338 on: October 18, 2014, 09:11:42 PM »

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BREAKING: Federal judge denies motion to dismiss case against accused #BostonMarathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. #wbz
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« Reply #339 on: October 20, 2014, 01:22:53 PM »

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/20/dzhokhar-tsarnaev-boston-marathon-bombing-trial/17610077/
1,000 will be summoned to seat Boston bombing jury
October 20, 2014

BOSTON — Jury selection in the Jan. 5 trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will take at least a week to complete, a federal judge said Monday at a brief status conference in Boston.

Judge George O'Toole said about 1,000 potential jurors will need to fill out questionnaires to produce 100 qualified individuals who could serve as the 12 jurors and six alternates.

 
Tsarnaev is charged in a 30-count indictment that alleges he worked with his older brother, Tamerlan, to explode two bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line April 15, 2013. The blasts left three dead and more than 260 injured, including 15 who lost limbs. If convicted, Tsarnaev could get the death penalty.

In court filings earlier this year, defense attorneys had petitioned O'Toole to relocate the trial on the grounds that impaneling an impartial jury in Boston would be impossible. O'Toole ruled last month that the trial would go forward in Boston. He said that despite the widespread impact of the bombings, the Boston metropolitan area is large enough to generate a sufficient pool of qualified jurors.

Attorneys will be back in court at least twice before the trial begins. Status conferences are scheduled for Nov. 12 and Dec. 18.
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