A judge on Wednesday denied attempts by lawyers for the Boston Marathon terrorism suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of his trial.
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole, Jr. means that jury selection will begin Monday in Boston federal court.
Lawyers for Tsarnaev tried to make the case that it would impossible to find an impartial jury in Massachusetts because of the amount of publicity given to the case. They also said they needed more time to examine the large amounts of discovery turned over my prosecutors.
The lawyers tried to use the example of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh whose trial was moved to Denver because of media attention.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted.
Jury selection in the case is expected to take weeks because of the intense media coverage and the number of local residents impacted in some way because of the bombings. Also, jurors who object to the death penalty could also be excluded from the case.
A federal grand jury had indicted two friends of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in connection to their attempts to cover up the terror attack.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, both Kazakhstani nationals, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstructing justice with the intent to impede the bombing investigation. Continue reading
The magazine Rolling Stone has placed Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its most recent edition drawing outrage from the Boston area as well as the entertainment industry.
The magazine claims it is maintaining a “commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage” of issues that impact their readers. They noted the average Rolling Stone reader is about the same age as the bomber. Continue reading
A man who was killed today by FBI agents in Florida implicated Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber killed during his flight from law enforcement, in a triple homicide outside Boston in 2011. Continue reading
Three people are facing charges related to assisting one of the Boston Marathon bombers.
Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakova are friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in UMass-Dartmouth and according to investigators removed evidence from Tsarnaev’s apartment in an attempt to deceive police. The two 19-year-olds removed a laptop, backpack and Vaseline that was used in producing the pressure cooker bombs. Continue reading
Fox News has released information obtained from a confidential source that female DNA was found on the parts of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks.
“No one should expect that the investigation is over,” the source told Fox, confirming information also reported in the Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
A United Nation official has blamed the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings on “American global domination.”
In an article called “A Commentary on the Marathon Murders”, UN Human Rights Council’s Palestine monitor Richard Falk wrote “the American global domination project is bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world.” Continue reading
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is communicating with interrogators and has said that his Islamic faith was motivation for the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon.
Tsarnaev was officially charged today with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. He suffered a throat injury in his standoff with Boston police leaving him unable to speak. He has been communicating through writing. Continue reading
The London Daily Mirror is reporting that the FBI is searching for a “sleeper cell” containing as many as 12 people in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
A source close to the investigation reported that over 1,000 FBI workers were tracking down the cell and had arrested a man and woman about 60 miles from Boston just before the capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Continue reading
Boston’s top cop is saying that the Boston Marathon bombers had planned to attack more people based on evidence discovered during the investigation.
Police Commissioner Ed Davis said that the terrorists had been carrying homemade bombs and grenades that they threw at police when cornered. Continue reading