Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers seek dismissal
FILE - This file photo released Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking a judge to dismiss indictments and put proceedings in the case on hold over concerns about the jury selection process in federal court. (AP Photo/Federal Bureau of Investigation, File)
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge yesterday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors in federal court.
Tsarnaev’s attorneys said in a motion that a three-year review they conducted into the makeup of both grand juries and trial juries in the District of Massachusetts turned up “substantial violations” of both the federal jury selection law and a constitutional requirement that juries represent a fair cross section of the population.
Specifically, the lawyers cited an underrepresentation of African-Americans and people older than 70 on juries.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, set off the two bombs at the Boston Marathon’s finish line last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260.