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23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev judge parries complaints.

The slow process of jury selection in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has prompted the US District Court to acknowledge that arguments in the case likekly won’t start by Jan. 26, as had been previously anticipated.BOSTON (AP) — Jury selection has resumed in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv).

Accused of placing two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the 30 federal counts against him, The Daily Free Press reported. Another man said he does not believe he could consider life in prison as a punishment and feels strongly “that the death penalty is in order” for Tsarnaev.

O’Toole Jr. yesterday continued to fend off claims by the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev defense that they can’t seat a fair jury in Boston, saying he’s “satisfied” with progress so far, though he vowed to “expedite” the culling of 1,350 juror candidates. The first of the delays requested by Tsarnaev’s defense team was presented in June, proposing the trial be moved away from Boston, citing the inability to find an impartial jury. Many of the problems the defense had brought up before and during jury selection were echoed by the responses of those who could possibly sit on Tsarnaev’s trial without giving him the death sentence. When O’Toole asked if this could bring upon a biased decision, the juror responded with “no.” He explained that his Christian family background could possibly prevent him from making a fair judgment. It remains unclear if there are enough acceptable candidates to seat 12 deliberating jurors and six alternates, or how many more will have to be interviewed.

O’Toole and the opposing trial teams spent part of yesterday poring over screening questionnaires completed by prospective jurors they’d planned to follow-up with face-to-face. Robert Keefe, a partner at Boston-based WilmerHale law firm and a former colleague of O’Toole’s, spoke highly of the judge and his ability to appoint a fair and impartial jury. “He has terrific judicial temperament, and he treats everyone with respect,” Keefe said. “You have to know his full career. He told O’Toole his refusal to grant Tsarnaev a change of venue has left the trial in “uncharted seas,” as, Bruck claims, no tragedy akin to the marathon bombings has been tried in the city where the event occurred. “Many, obviously, have a view about this case because of the extensive publicity,” O’Toole said of the jurors, but added, “That’s far from limited to the local community.

In general, I’m satisfied with the course we’ve been following.” Meanwhile, the selection of Bay State residents who might decide if Tsarnaev is guilty — and if so, whether he should live or die — continues to yield unique attitudes. Though she declared herself “really in the middle,” she said she’d vote to kill Tsarnaev “if I felt it was appropriate.” Tsarnaev, 21, literally fighting for his life against charges he killed three marathon spectators and murdered an MIT police officer in April 2013, while injuring or disfiguring 260 others, appeared detached yesterday, coloring on a paper cup, slumping in his chair and looking away when the subject of his possible execution came up again and again and again. Last month, O’Toole shot down the defense’s request to move the trial elsewhere, stating that it would not be possible to find a fit jury to sit in on the case.

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