Tsarnaev lawyers defend use of juror quotes to move trial
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attorneys stand before the jury pool as selection continued in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 7, 2015. By Stephanie Baumer
BOSTON (AP) -- Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) say they did nothing wrong by including excerpts from juror questionnaires in their third request to move the trial outside Massachusetts.
In a court filing Thursday, Tsarnaev's lawyers included comments some prospective jurors wrote saying they believe Tsarnaev is guilty and should receive the death penalty.
Judge George O'Toole Jr. later ordered the document sealed and called the defense use of juror comments from confidential questionnaires "improper."
On Friday, Tsarnaev's lawyers said the excerpts they included didn't identify jurors in any way. They asked the judge to remove the word "improper" from his order.
Tsarnaev is charged in the 2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.
The judge hasn't ruled on the latest request to move the trial.