Boston Bomber: That Trial Was Completely Unfair

Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make their argument
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2015 6:00 PM CDT
Boston Bomber Appeals His Sentence
In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sits as survivors and victim's family members address the court on June 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston.   (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Not a huge surprise: Lawyers for Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev today appealed his death-penalty conviction, arguing that "continuous and unrelenting publicity" biased jurors and made a fair trial in Boston impossible, NBC News reports. "Put simply, prejudicial media coverage, events, and environment saturated greater Boston, including the social networks of actual trial jurors, and made it an improper venue for the trial of this case," say the papers. The lawyers want another trial at a new location, the AP reports. Earlier this year, the Guardian reminded us that Tsarnaev's appeals will likely delay his punishment for "at least a decade." The April 15, 2013, bomb strike in Boston left three dead and more than 200 maimed or injured. (More Boston Marathon bombing stories.)

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