Judge Reviewing Petition for Tsarnaev Trial Delay


Defense attorneys Miriam Conrad and Judy Clarke flank Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as Judge Marianne Bowler looks on in Boston, Massachusetts in this court sketchDzhokhar Tsarnaev, along with this brother, were arrested in connection with the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon that ultimately killed three innocent people and injured more than 260 others. According to attorneys for the 21-year-old suspect, a status hearing is scheduled for today in a Federal court.

As part of the hearing, United States District Judge George O’Toole, Jr. will discuss pending motions, to include a request from the defense team to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts because of this being a high-profile case. The other motion is for the start of the trial to be delayed a minimum of 10 months.

Judge O’Toole had initially rejected a request from defense lawyers for Tsarnaev in connection with moving the location of the trial. Legal briefs regarding the motion of changing the venue have already filed by Tsarnaev’s attorney, as well as Federal prosecutors. In another argument, the defense team states they need additional time to properly prepare for trial, which as of now, is set to begin on November 3, 2015. Instead, Tsarnaev’s attorneys want the start day pushed out almost one year.

According to the prosecution, mounds of evidence have been turned over to the defense by the government dating back to a period just after the April 2013 bombings. Because of that, the prosecution does not believe there is any reason for the start of the trial to be delayed.

It is alleged by the prosecution that Tsarnaev, along with his older brother, Tamerlan, who was ultimately killed in a gun battle during an intense manhunt, wired up two pressure cooker bombs, placed them close to the finish line of the marathon, and then at what they considered an opportune time, detonated them.

If convicted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty, something many people involved with the marathon support.

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