Does Tsarnaev Trial In Boston Spell The End For Venue Changes?


Does the decision to try Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing in Boston spell the end to changes of venue in high-profile cases? The Christian Science Monitor raises that question, noting that the 1997 trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was moved to Denver on the grounds that he wouldn’t receive a fair trial in Oklahoma. Lawyers for six Baltimore police officers facing charges related to the death of Freddie Gray in their custody could make a strong case for a change of venue. “Whether that [trial] will be held in a different part of the state or not will be a really interesting issue,” says Northeastern University law Prof. Daniel Medwed.

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