Defense Wants Marathon Trial Moved After Viral Finish-Line Photo

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers are arguing that a local bartender’s decision to shovel the snow from the Boston marathon finish line will further remind jurors of the bombing, once again showing that Tsarnaev can’t get a fair trial in the Boston area. A photo of the cleared-out finish line went viral after the snowstorm last week, and the shoveler was quickly identified as Chris Laudani. This is just the latest in a string of reasons — which include international incidents like the Charlie Hebdo bombings — that the defense has cited to prove that Tsarnaev’s trial should be delayed or moved to a more impartial jury pool. A judge has consistently blocked these attempts, and the ongoing jury selection is screening for people who are willing to impose the death penalty if Tsarnaev is convicted. 

Tsarnaev Team Wants Trial Moved Over Viral Pic