Marathon bomber: Lawyers want new trial outside Boston

2015-08-18 13:29
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Boston - Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev say his trial should have been held outside the city because jurors couldn't avoid widespread outrage over the deadly attack and he deserves a new trial elsewhere.

A filing by the lawyers on Monday explains their push for a new trial for Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death.

The filing says jurors would have seen friends and relatives posting about the 2013 bombing online.

The lawyers argue a recent Supreme Court ruling about the vagueness of the definition of a "crime of violence" throws many convictions into question. The legal term "crime of violence" was applied to Tsarnaev's actions.

The bombing killed three people died and injured more than 260. He apologised at his sentencing.

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