LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are trying yet again to get the judge’s approval to change venues.
Judge O’Toole has questioned 114 prospective jurors over nine days. With close to 1,400 potential jurors having filled-out questionnaires. Defense lawyers say it’s clear that Tsarnaev he cannot get a fair trial because the majority of people already believe he’s guilty.
Western Massachusetts attorney Justin Dion told 22News that it’s a complex process that will take time and may have to start over if not enough impartial jurors are selected.
“You probably have a lot of folks who are connected to the crime itself. They know somebody who was injured. They may be runners and have had participated in the Boston Marathon. You have a lot of psychological connections to the crime as well,” Dion said.
Tsarnev’s lawyers say that Boston has been tainted by the media and close proximity to the crime. Most recently, they cited a photo that went viral last week of a Boston bartender shoveling the marathon finish line after the snow storm.
Dion said a change of venue is rare, but it has been done in the past. The trial for Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing case was moved to Colorado.