Judge Rejects Tsarnaev Trial Delay After French Terror Killings


A federal judge today denied a request for a delay in jury selection sought by attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, who argued that potential jurors in the case could be prejudiced by last week’s terror attacks in France, the Boston Globe reports. U.S. District Judge George O'Toole said, “My detailed review of juror questionnaires … has so far confirmed, rather then undermined, my judgment that a fair and impartial jury can and will be chosen to determine the issues in this case.”

Jury selection is underway for Tsarnaev, 21, who, along with his late brother, allegedly planted the twin homemade bombs that exploded near the Marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured. The brothers also allegedly killed an MIT police officer as they attempted to flee the area. Prosecutors seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev. After the attacks in France left 17 people dead, Tsarnaev's lawyers asked O'Toole to delay jury selection, saying that “the Boston bombings are being newly placed at the center of a grim global drama.”

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