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Boston Marathon Bomber Seeks to Avoid Death Penalty

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Reuters
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Lawyers
for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Thursday will try to
persuade a federal appeals court that the death sentence he faces is
unfair because it was handed down by a tainted jury. Tsarnaev’s
defense team, in briefs filed with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in Boston, have argued that the publicity and manhunt leading
to his capture in April 2013 biased the pool of potential jurors,
including one actual juror who joined the unanimous vote for the
death penalty. The then-19-year-old Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old
brother Tamerlan sparked five days of panic in Boston when they
detonated a pair of homemade pressure cooker bombs at the marathon’s
finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 200. The
pair eluded capture for days, punctuated by a gunbattle with police
in Watertown, Massachusetts, in which Tamerlan was killed. Boston and
most of its suburbs were locked down for a day as armed officers and
troops conducted a house-to-house search for Dzhokhar. Tsarnaev, now
26, was sentenced to death in 2015 after a jury found him guilty of
killing three people in the April 15, 2013 bombing – Martin
Richard, 8; Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu, 26, and restaurant
manager Krystle Campbell – and murdering Massachusetts Institute of
Technology police officer Sean Collier, 26, three days later as the
brothers attempted to flee.

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