FOX 25: Judge won’t delay jury selection in Tsarnaev trial

Posted: Jan 02, 2015 11:59 AM EST
Updated: Jan 03, 2015 11:50 AM EST

BOSTON () — The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin Monday. 

Judge George O’Toole said that will hundreds of potential jurors reporting to federal court next week, it’s too late to turn back now. Defense attorney Brad Bailey is a former federal prosecutor, and says about 1,200 prospective jurors have already changed their schedules and shouldn’t be inconvenienced. 

On New Year’s Eve, the Tsarnaev team filed an appeal asking the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to step in and move the trial out of the city. They wanted the judge to delay the start of Monday’s jury selection until the appeals court ruled, but the judge refused. 

Bailey told Fox 25’s Bob Ward that it doesn’t mean the fate of Tsarneav will be decided in Boston, [or] by a Boston based jury. It could still be sent out of Boston Monday, even if they get underway with the jury selection then. 

The Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured 264. Some survivors like Heather Abbott, who lost her left leg in the bombing, plan to attend the trial. 

“For me, I’m happy for it to be kind of over with, eventually. So the sooner it happens, the better, in my mind,” she said.

BOSTON () — The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin Monday. 

Judge George O’Toole said that will hundreds of potential jurors reporting to federal court next week, it’s too late to turn back now. Defense attorney Brad Bailey is a former federal prosecutor, and says about 1,200 prospective jurors have already changed their schedules and shouldn’t be inconvenienced. 

On New Year’s Eve, the Tsarnaev team filed an appeal asking the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to step in and move the trial out of the city. They wanted the judge to delay the start of Monday’s jury selection until the appeals court ruled, but the judge refused. 

Bailey told Fox 25’s Bob Ward that it doesn’t mean the fate of Tsarneav will be decided in Boston, [or] by a Boston based jury. It could still be sent out of Boston Monday, even if they get underway with the jury selection then. 

The Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured 264. Some survivors like Heather Abbott, who lost her left leg in the bombing, plan to attend the trial. 

“For me, I’m happy for it to be kind of over with, eventually. So the sooner it happens, the better, in my mind,” she said.

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